Frank Gifford

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  • Birth Name: Francis Newton Gifford
  • Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Died: August 9, 2015
  • Profession: Professional football player, Sports commentator, Actor, Author
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Fast Facts

  • Moved 47 times before entering high school, due to being the son of an itinerant oil worker.
  • Was All-American running back at USC.
  • Considered becoming an actor and did movie stunt work while in college and took bit film parts early in his NFL career. 
  • Was first-round NFL draft pick (11th overall) of the New York Giants in 1952; received a $250 signing bonus.
  • Played in eight Pro Bowls and was the NFL's most valuable player in 1956, when the Giants won the NFL championship.
  • Retired from NFL for 18 months after suffering a concussion and two fractured vertebrae in 1960; came out of retirement in 1962 and was named NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.
  • Retired for second time after the 1964 NFL season and entered broadcasting; was play-by-play announcer on Monday Night Football from 1971-98; covered Summer and Winter Olympics from 1972-84.
  • Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
  • New York Giants retired his No. 16 jersey in 2000.

Awards

  • 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Sports Personality: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jeffrey Gifford — Son
  • Cody Gifford — Son
  • Cassidy Gifford — Daughter
  • Winona Gifford — Sister
  • Waine Gifford — Brother
  • Weldon Wayne Gifford — Father
  • Maxine Ewart — Ex-wife
  • Astrid Lindley — Ex-wife
  • Kathie Lee Gifford — Wife
  • Lola Mae Hawkins Gifford — Mother
  • Kyle Gifford — Son
  • Victoria Denise Gifford Kennedy — Daughter

College

  • Attended Bakersfield Junior College, Bakersfield, California, United States; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BS Industrial Management, 1952)

Details

  • Birth Name: Francis Newton Gifford
  • Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Died: August 9, 2015
  • Profession: Professional football player, Sports commentator, Actor, Author

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