Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford is considered one of the best football players in the history of the NFL. He played in the league for 18 seasons and reached the Pro Bowl 10 times. It was the time of his career when he was playing for the New York Giants. This team was three pieces away from perfecting a perfect season.


In the story, Gifford is interested in investing in a local bowling alley. In 1977, Gifford appeared as himself in the episode "The Shortest Yard" of the ABC sitcom The San Pedro Beach Bums. He also appeared as himself in a two-hour episode of The Six Million Dollar Man titled "The Bionic Boy" in the same year. In 1994, Gifford also appeared as himself in the Nickelodeon kids show called The Adventures of Pete & Pete as a customer for the boy's Dad's driving range. In season one episode 4 titled "Rangeboy", Gifford and his wife Kathie Lee appeared in the February 28, 1995, episode of the ABC sitcom Coach, titled "The Day I Met Frank Gifford", in which a character on the show plots to meet the former football star who will attend an event to receive an award.

Gifford spent 10 days at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and did not play again that season. Media initially reported Bednarik sent a card and a fruit basket to Gifford’s hospital room, but the New York Post noted decades later a friend of Bednarik’s made that gesture. Bednarik said days after the game he tried to visit Gifford in the hospital but was not granted access. (Source: www.history.com)


Gifford’s family would not be eligible for a reward related to his C.T.E. under the terms of the settlement between the N.F.L. and retired players who had accused the league of hiding from them the dangers of repeated blows to the head. Only the families of players who were found to have had C.T.E. and who died before the settlement was approved in late April may receive up to $4 million. Gifford died in August.

Celebrated football player and broadaster Frank Gifford ’56 (BUS) of Greenwich, Connecticut, died Aug. 9. He was drafted No. 1 overall by the New York Giants in 1952 out of USC and played both halfback and flanker during his 12-year football career. 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 co-host of the popular Monday Night Football from 1971 to 1985, working with Howard Cosell and Al Michaels. The low-key, likable athlete became a reliable and instantly recognizable presence for millions of Americans. The son of an oilfield driller who was constantly looking for work, Gifford moved 47 times before starting high school in Bakersfield, California. Bakersfield High School was where his football ascent began—even though he was cut from the lightweight football team as a scrawny 5-foot-2 freshman. But he grew the summer before his junior season and made the varsity team. At USC, he played on offense as a running-passing tailback and on defense as a safety. He also caught passes, punted, kicked field goals and extra points, and returned punts and kickoffs. He was an All-American as a senior at USC in 1951 before going to the NFL. He is survived by his wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, three sons, and two daughters. (Source: news.usc.edu)


Much like the Gifford we know from Monday Night Football , this autobiography, written with Newsweek journalist Waters, is easygoing, informative and anecdotal. Gifford's father, an itinerant oil field worker, led the family on an existence which was right out of The Grapes of Wrath (Gifford estimates that he lived in 47 towns before he started high school). Finally settling in Bakersfield, Calif., Gifford's life was turned around by his high school football coach, Homer Beatty. Beatty made Gifford into a star tailback and got him into the University of Southern California. Drafted by the New York Giants of the NFL, he was a member of the 1956 world champion Giants; was a participant in "the greatest game every played"--the Colts-Giants championship game of 1958; and he played with, or was coached by, some of the heroic names of pro football: Charlie Conerly, Y. A. Tittle, Kyle Rote, Sam Huff, Tom Landry and the legendary Vince Lombardi. He relives the nights with Toots Shor and Jackie Gleason ("a great talent but a tragic man") and provides funny and insightful profiles of his teammates in the booth: Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Roone Arledge. Inevitably, there is his wife, the infatigably upbeat Kathie Lee (of Live with Regis & Kathie Lee fame). A good, solid sports autobiography that will be enjoyed by football fans--maybe even fans of Kathie Lee. Photos not seen by PW.

very well written book by Frank Gifford and interesting to read about his life and career one of the better commentators on football for his time (Source: www.amazon.com)



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