RIP to the legendary Frank Gifford The Enlightened Spartan: RIP to the legendary Frank Gifford

Sunday, August 09, 2015

RIP to the legendary Frank Gifford

RIP to the best of Monday Night Football (from left):
 Dandy Don Meredith, Howard Cosell, and now Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford died.  People, young people just won't get it.  He may have been the greatest two-way player in football history.  He won the NFL MVP for the New York Giants in 1956 playing running back, wide receiver, and defensive back.

In 1960, he was clotheslined - knocked into orbit  - by Chuck Bednarick in one of the greatest hits to date in NFL history.  The dude was a GREAT broadcaster.  I mean, great.  He was honest, open, and compassionate; and he LOVED hanging with Dandy Don Meredith (one of the greatest Cowboys of all-time) on Monday Night Football.  I grew up with Gifford on TV in the 70s.  He was a legend.

I read a book by him many years ago:  The Whole Ten Yards.  It was pretty good, an entertaining and... um, frank, conversation about his life and meeting Kathie Lee.

You need to watch some of the old clips of him playing - he was elusive and deliberate in his actions.  Really, truly remarkable.  This is a tough loss.


  1. Anonymous11:57 AM

    I once met Frank Gifford, and Keith Jackson, in the elevator coming down from the press box at UM Stadium. I was struck speeckless being in the presence of these two legends. It was the UM vs. OSU game of 1989 and Bo's last season. Both my parents are UofM alums and used to have season tickets. They had a friend in radio who invited me up, which was pretty cool, even though it was at UofM stadium. OSU lost, and I hate OSU. Steve B.

  2. Anonymous2:30 PM

  3. Anonymous - 1989 - that's amazing. I envy you.