NFL Legend, TV Figure Frank Gifford Passes Away At 84

August 10, 2015 8:22 am0 commentsViews: 91

NFL legend Frank Gifford passed away with sudden death on Sunday. He was 84. The cause of death is said to be natural.

Also a TV figure, he is survived by wife and TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford their two children Cody and Cassidy, and three children from a previous marriage with Maxine Avis Ewart.

The footballer passed away at his Connecticut home on Sunday morning, confirmed press statement released by the family members.

Kathie tweeted thanks to fans for all the support.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Frank was an icon as a Hall of Fame player for the New York Giants and also as Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS[NYSE:CBS] and ABC[NYSE:ABC].

Frank played from 1952 to 1964 for the New York Giants. In 1956 he led his team to a championship. He won Emmy 1976-77 outstanding sports personality of the television.

After his retirement he was associated with CBS as sports commentator and play-by-play announcer. He co-hosted ‘Monday Night Football’ on ABC with Don Meredith and Howard Cosell.

Frank was born on August 16, 1930 as Francis Newton “Frank” Gifford in Santa Monica, Calif. He grew up in depression and during his childhood the footballer occasionally had to sleep in parks and family car. Sometimes he had to survive on dog food too. In his younger days he had to move from one place to another for more than 40 times.

The legend has also appeared as guest star on NBC[[NYSE:NBC] TV series Hazei, in “Hazel and the Halfback” episode, televised on December 26, 1963. He appeared in ABC sitcom The San Pedro Beach Bums’ “The Shortest Yard” episode in 1977 and in 1995 he appeared with wife Kathie in the episode of ABC sitcom Coach, titled “The Day I Met Frank Gifford.”

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