Frank Gifford facts


Frank Gifford passed away this week on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the age of 84 of natural causes. Frank Gifford had an amazing football career over his lifetime: All-American at USC in 1951; NFL champion and 8X Pro Bowl selection; and a long time career on Monday Night Football as the play-by-play announcer partnering with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith for the broadcast.

Frank Gifford, right, joined “Monday Nigh Football” broad-casters Howard Cosell and "Dandy Don" Meredith

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At the pro level Gifford played halfback and wide receiver for the New York Giants. He ran for 3,609 yards and scored 34 rushing TDs. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Gifford is also in the College Football Hall of Fame. Gifford had to attend Bakersfield Junior College prior to playing for USC due to his grades. (Which begs the question why don’t more players do that now-a-days?) He played for USC from 1949 and 1951. 1951 was his most productive year in college. Here are some facts about Gifford while at USC:

  • His teams went 14-11-3
  • Had a total of 1,019 yards his senior year
  • Scored 7 TDs his senior year
  • Passed for 303 yards his senior year
  • He played quarterback, halfback, fullback, punted, and place-kicked
  • All-American in 1951
  • Helped defeat number one ranked California 21-14 in 1951 rushing for 69 yard TDs and led the game-winning drive with five minutes to go

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