NFL Legend, Hall of Famer Frank Gifford Passes Away Suddenly at 84

Former NFL star and sportscaster Frank Gifford died of natural causes in his Connecticut home, his family said. He was 84 years old.

Former football player and veteran sports announcer Frank Gifford has died in Connecticut, his family announced on Sunday. He died at age 84.

In a statement, 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.”

Gifford played with the New York Giants his entire NFL career, from 1952 to 1964, with several visits to the Pro-Bowl. In 1956 he was league MVP and led the team to a championship (before it was called “The Super Bowl”).

After his NFL playing career, he became a sports commentator, first for CBS and then as a co-host of Monday Night Football from 1971 to 1985.

Gifford married Kathie Lee Epstein, current TODAY show host, on October 18, 1986.

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