NFL Hall of Famer and veteran sports broadcaster Frank Gifford has died in Connecticut, his family announced on Sunday, according to legacy.com. He was 84.
In a statement released by NBC News, his family said: “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.”
Drafted No. 1 overall by the New York Giants in 1952 out of USC, Gifford played both halfback and flanker during his playing career.
He was a member of the Giants his entire NFL career, from 1952 to 1964, and was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection. In 1956 he was league MVP and led the Giants to the NFL championship.
After his playing career ended, he became a sports commentator for CBS. He then became a co-host of the popular Monday Night Football from 1971 to 1985 working with Howard Cosell and Al Michaels.
Gifford was born in Santa Monica, California in 1930. He married Kathie Lee Epstein, current TODAY show host, on October 18, 1986. He is also survived by five children.