“Frank Gifford, 84, a gleaming hero of sports and television in an era when such things were possible, who moved seamlessly from stardom in the New York Giants’ offense to celebrity in the broadcast booth of ‘Monday Night Football,’ died on Sunday at his home in Greenwich, Conn.,” reports The New York Times.
The story says, “As the play-by-play man of ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football,’ Gifford, with his low-key persona, provided the perfect backdrop to bring his boothmates — the contentious Howard Cosell (who died in 1995) and the country-boy-irreverent Don Meredith (who died in 2010) — into high relief. It was a formula that made the weekly autumn broadcasts must-see programming for much of America.”
Says People magazine, “Gifford is survived by Kathie Lee Gifford, currently the fourth-hour co-host of NBC’s ‘Today,’ and their two children, Cody, 25 and Cassidy, 22, as well as three children, Jeff, Kyle and Victoria, from a previous marriage.
After announcing his death, Kathie Lee tweeted a thank you to fans for their outpouring of support: ‘Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Phillippians 4:13.’”
Here’s a clip of Gifford from the last “MNF” game in 1987 that we found on YouTube: