Gifford played on both sides of the ball early in his career, but he would move mostly into an offensive role. Playing at Half Back, Gifford was a multi-threat player, and from 1953 to 1959, he was a Pro Bowl Selection, with four of those years earning a First Team All-Pro Selection.
His best season by far was 1956, where he had a career-high of 1,422 Yards from Scrimmage, which also was enough to lead the NFL. That year, Gifford and the Giants would win the NFL Championship. Gifford overall had 9,870 All-Purpose Yards, an incredible total for his era. Notably, he also threw 14 Touchdown Passes, the most ever for a non-Quarterback.
Gifford’s career was derailed by a Chuck Bednarik hit to the head that took out 18 months of his career. He missed half of 1960 and all of 1961, but he came back as a Flanker for three more years in the NFL.
A member of the 1950s All-Decade Team, Gifford’s #16 was retired by the team. He would later become a successful broadcaster, commentating on Monday Night Football for 27 years. Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.