Sad news emanating out of the NFL today with the death of New York Giants and all round NFL legend Frank Gifford having been confirmed by his family.
In a statement relayed by NBC, the Pro Football Hall of Famer's family stated that he had passed away at the age of 84 of natural causes.
Gifford amassed 12 years with the Giants between 1952 and 1964 and went on to have a hugely successful career in sports broadcasting, co-hosting Monday Night Football 1971 to 1985.
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A one-team player, Gifford led the New York Giants to the championship in 1954 and garnered Pro Bowl honors on no less than eight occasions. The Giants' number 16 jersey is retired in his honor and he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1977.
Tributes have already begun to pour in from fans, former players and journalists alike, with messages revealing the breadth of his popularity spanning generations:
New York Giants president, John Mara, was amongst the first to offer his condolences, emphasizing the former all-rounder's legacy as a franchise legend:
"Frank Gifford was the ultimate Giant. He was the face of our franchise for so many years. More importantly, he was a treasured member of our family. My father loved him like a son and was proud to act as his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a favor Frank returned years later by presenting my father in Canton.
"For my siblings and me, Frank was like a revered older brother whom we looked up to and admired. We loved him and will miss him terribly."
Note: Frank Gifford is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not the NFL Hall of Fame as previously described.
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