U.S. Sports Legend Frank Gifford Dead
Frank Gifford, the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, died suddenly at his Connecticut home on Sunday morning, August 9, 2015, according to a family statement.
Gifford was a New York Giants legend, who became a successful sports broadcaster on Monday Night Football. The Gifford family statement reads: “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.” His widow is U.S. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford. Gifford was as beloved in the broadcasting booth as he was on the field, initially teaming with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith for the ABC network’s Monday Night Football broadcasts in 1971. The former player became a play-by-play regular until the late 1990s and in 1995, Gifford was the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award, which acknowledged his contributions to radio and TV sports. He also won an Emmy Award as TV’s Outstanding Sports Personality in 1977. Gifford also hosted Wide World of Sports and TV specials like Battle of the Network Stars. He also covered three summer Olympic Games and three Winter Games and was a guest host of ABC’s Good Morning America.