The death of legendary NFL Hall of Fame Star and Sports commentator, Frank Gifford comes as a heavy news to fans and sports community.Gifford, 84, passed away on Sunday at his Connecticut home and the family released a statement saying, “It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford. 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.”
Frank’s wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, who is also a host on NBC`s Today show released a Tweet saying, “Deeply grateful to all 4 your outpouring of grace. We are steadfast in our faith and finding comfort in knowing where Frank is.”
Straight-shooter Frank Gifford is best known for leading the New York Giants to victory at the 1956 NFL title (against the Chicago Bears, the Giants won 47-7), he played for the team from 1952 to 1964 in several positions and lead them to Pro-Bowl all-star games numerous times during his tenure. He was felicitated as league MVP in 1956 and in 1977 received the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame title. His career spans 367 catches for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns and runs for 3,609 yards and 34 touchdowns.
After his glorious stint as a player, Frank first became a sportscaster (sports commentator) for CBS and then the co-host of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” which he continued from 1971 to 1997. Frank has also appeared in a number of movies, including Up Periscope (1959). Apart from this, he hosted the Wide World of Sports and was also a commentator on a number of Olympics games.
Celebrities, colleagues, friends and fans including Donald Trump, Ellen DeGeneres, Kendall Jenner etc took to Twitter to pay their tributes and condolences to a man described by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “as an icon of the game, both as a Hall of Fame player for the Giants and Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS and ABC.”