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Encyclopedia > Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
Date of birth August 16, 1930
Place of birth Santa Monica, CA
Position(s) HB
Flanker
College Southern California
NFL Draft 1952 / Round 1
Pro Bowls 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956,
1958, 1959, 1963
Awards 1958 Pro Bowl MVP,
1956 UPI MVP
Honors NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
Retired #s New York Giants #16
Statistics
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1952-1964 New York Giants
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1977

Francis Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. Member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity in 1952. August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city located in Los Angeles County, California USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, west of Westwood, Los Angeles, and north of Venice. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and Southern Cal[1]), located in the downtown district of Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1952 NFL Draft was held on January 17, 1952. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Pro Bowl MVPs ... UPI Most Valuable ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1940s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Location of Santa Monica in California and Los Angeles County Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated November 30, 1886 Mayor Robert Holbrook City Council Bobby Shriver Ken Genser Kevin McKeown Herb Katz Pam OConnor Richard Bloom Area    - City 41. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Phi Sigma Kappa is a fraternity devoted to three cardinal principles: the promotion of Brotherhood, the stimulation of Scholarship, and the development of Character. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...

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NFL career

After graduating from Bakersfield High School, Gifford was unable to gain an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) due to his low grade point average. Undeterred, he played a season for Bakersfield College, making the Junior College All-American team while making the grades needed to enroll at USC[1]. At USC, Gifford earned All-America and began his NFL career with the New York Giants by playing both offense and defense, a rarity when platoon football became popular after World War II. His career led him to eight Pro Bowl appearances and five trips to the NFL Championship Game, the forerunner of the Super Bowl. Gifford's biggest season may have been 1956, as he won the Most Valuable Player award of the NFL, and led the Giants to the NFL title over the Chicago Bears. A view from the science building looking out on Griffith Field Bakersfield High School is a high school located in Bakersfield, California. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and Southern Cal[1]), located in the downtown district of Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... A grade in education can mean either a teachers evaluation of a students work or a students level of educational progress, usually one grade per year (often denoted by an ordinal number, such as the 3rd Grade or the 12th Grade). This article is about evaluation of... Bakersfield College is a community college located in Bakersfield, CA. Its main campus is located in northeast Bakersfield on a 153 acre plot. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... The 1956 NFL season was the 37th regular season of the National Football League. ... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National...


He lost 18 months in the prime of his career when he was the victim of one of the most brutal, though completely legal, hits in NFL history. During a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he was cleanly blindsided by Chuck Bednarik on a pass play, suffering a severe head injury that led him to retire from football. However, Gifford returned to the Giants in 1962, changing positions from running back to wide receiver (then known as flanker). Despite having to regain his skills after his long layoff and learn a new position, he became a star once again. His seven Pro Bowl selections came at three different positions—defensive back, running back, and wide receiver. He retired again, this time for good, in 1964, after making the Pro Bowl as a receiver. Gifford was officially inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1977. The 1960 NFL season was the 41th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Charles Philip Bednarik (born May 1, 1925 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) (a. ... The 1962 NFL season was the 43th regular season of the National Football League. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... The 1964 NFL season was the 45th regular season of the National Football League. ...


During his 12 seasons with the New York Giants (136 regular season games) Frank Gifford had 3,609 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in 840 carries, he also had 367 receptions for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns. Gifford completed 29 of the 63 passes he threw for 823 yards and 14 touchdowns.


After Retirement

After his playing days ended, Gifford became a commentator mainly for NFL games on CBS. His big break came in 1971 when he replaced Keith Jackson as play-by-play announcer on ABC's Monday Night Football, joining Howard Cosell and Don Meredith, and would continue on as a commentator until 1998, amid controversy regarding an affair he had with airline stewardess Suzen Johnson. Gifford also served as a reporter and commentator on other ABC programs, such as their coverage of the Olympic Games and skiing, and has guest hosted Good Morning America on occasion. In 1995 he was given the Pete Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his NFL television work. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928) is an American sportscaster, known for his several decades of work with the ABC television network. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... Howard William Cosell, born Howard William Cohen (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist on American television. ... Don Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Bold text Deep powder skiing Alpine skier carving a turn on piste Members of the US Air Force skiing (and snowboarding) at Keystone Resorts 14th Annual SnoFest Skiing is the activity of gliding over snow or water using skis (originally wooden planks, now usually made from fiberglass or related... Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcasted on the ABC television network. ... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ...


In 1997, Gifford's affair with flight attendant Suzen Johnson was publicized in tabloid magazines. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Family

He has daughter Victoria from a previous relationship. She was married to Michael Kennedy. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Gifford has been married (since 18 October 1986 ) to former television talk show host and singer Kathie Lee Gifford. They have two children: son Cody Newton Gifford (22 Mar 90) and Cassidy Erin Gifford (born 2 Aug 93). A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... VHS box cover of Kathie Lees Rock n Tots Cafe: A Christmas Giff starring Kathie Lee Gifford, copyright 1995 Rock n Tots Joint Venture. ...

Preceded by:
Analysts for game in viewing area
The NFL Today host
1965-1970
Succeeded by:
Jack Whitaker
Preceded by:
Keith Jackson
Monday Night Football play-by-play man
1971-1985
Succeeded by:
Al Michaels

The NFL on CBS is the brand name of the CBS television networks coverage of the National Football Leagues American Football Conference games, produced by CBS Sports. ... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ... The 1965 NFL season was the 46th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1970 NFL season was the 51st regular season of the National Football League, and the first one after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... Jack Whitaker is an award-winning American sportscaster who worked for both CBS and ABC. Whitaker began his broadcasting career in 1947 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Keith Jackson (born October 18, 1928) is an American sportscaster, known for his several decades of work with the ABC television network. ... Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television sportscaster. ...

External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
  • Frank Gifford Profile at USC Legends

  Results from FactBites:
 
ESPN Classic - Gifford was star in backfield, booth (1405 words)
After USC hired a new coach, Jess Hill, Gifford was switched to tailback as a senior in 1951 and became the focal point of the offense.
Gifford was named United Press' MVP in 1956 when he led the Giants to the Eastern Conference title with an 8-3-1 record.
Gifford teamed with Cosell, his longtime sparring partner who sarcastically referred to him as "Faultless Frank," for 13 seasons and Meredith for 11.
HickokSports.com - Biography - Frank Gifford (235 words)
The versatile Gifford was a single-wing tailback at the University of Southern California.
Gifford joined the Giants in 1952, when he was used primarily on defense.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Gifford was named the NFL's player of the year by United Press International in 1956, when he rushed for 819 yards, caught passes for 603 yards, and scored 9 touchdowns.
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