NFL Legend Frank Gifford Dead at 84
One of the all-time greats of the gridiron has passed away.
Frank Gifford died today at age 84, his family confirmed in a statement.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford,” the statement read. “Frank died suddenly this beautiful Sunday morning of natural causes at his Connecticut home. We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being. We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time and we thank you for your prayers.”
Gifford was a Hall of Fame halfback and wide receiver for the New York Giants, before transitioning into a career as a sports broadcaster for both ABC and CBS. He has been married to Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford since 1986, a union that produced two children, Cody Newton Gifford (born in 1990) and Cassidy Erin Gifford (born in 1993).
In the aftermath of the announcement of his death, condolences have been pouring in from people who admired Frank over the years:
“Frank Gifford was the ultimate Giant,” said New York Giants president John Mara. “He was the face of our franchise for so many years. More importantly, he was a treasured member of our family. My father loved him like a son and was proud to act as his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a favor Frank returned years later by presenting my father in Canton. For my siblings and me, Frank was like a revered older brother whom we looked up to and admired. We loved him and will miss him terribly.”
Meanwhile, Giants Chairman Steve Tisch had this to say about the late Hall of Famer:
“Not only was Frank a member of the Giants family from the time he left USC, and will be forever, but because Frank, my father (Bob) and Pete Rozelle were so close in the ’60s, I felt like he was a member of my family. I always loved seeing Frank on our sideline before our games. He had the handshake of a 25-year old, and he looked you right in the eye with his big blue eyes. He was such a strong person in every way. He will be missed and will always be remembered as a Giants’ Giant.”
Our condolences go out to Gifford’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Gifford.