(NYTIMES) — Frank Gifford, a Hall of Fame running back and receiver who personified the Giants’ glory years of the late 1950s and early ’60s and then became the low-key play-by-play voice of ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” teaming with the contentious Howard Cosell and the country-boy presence of Don Meredith in a broadcasting team that became must-see programming for much of America, died at his home in Connecticut on Sunday. He was 84.
His family confirmed his death in a statement.
When Gifford, an all-American from the University of Southern California, joined the Giants in 1952, professional football was overshadowed by the college game and Major League Baseball. By the time he retired for the second and last time, after the 1964 season, the Giants and the N.F.L. had gained the national sports spotlight, and the versatile and handsome Gifford had become a celebrity.
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