NFL Hall-of-Fame receiver and former Monday Night Football color commentator Frank Gifford passed away at the age of 84 on Sunday morning, according to NBC News.
Gifford’s family released this statement:
‘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 was an All-American at USC, before spending 12 seasons with the New York Giants. The 1956 NFL MVP, Gifford led the Giants to a championship that season as well.
However, for most people, Gifford is remembered as one of the Monday Night Football broadcasting trio in the 1970s, along with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. He would remain in the booth until 1997.