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NFL Broadcaster Frank Gifford Dead at 84

An NFL celebrity known for his broadcasting abilities and prowess on the football field died at his home on Sunday.

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Frank Gifford, Giants Hall of Fame RB/WR and legendary broadcaster of Monday Night Football Fame, has passed away at the age of 84.

Frank Gifford began his football career during an era when Major League Baseball was a more integral part of American culture than professional football. As professional football began to make its way into American homes via broadcast television, Gifford's career was taking off, eventually including five Eastern Conference titles and an NFL championship.

After his days on the field came to an end in 1964, Gifford launched a successful career in broadcasting, becoming a staple on Monday Night Football along with the late Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. He was on the air for over a quarter century, from 1971 to 1998.

His survivors include his wife Kathy Lee Gifford and five children. His family released the following 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."