Watch Frank Gifford's Final TV Appearances & Remember The NFL Legend's Deep Humility — VIDEO
The world lost a great talent on Sunday, Aug. 9, as it has been reported that football legend Frank Gifford has passed away. He was 84. According to a report from Today, the husband of acclaimed television host, Kathie Lee Gifford, died in his Connecticut home from "natural causes." Gifford's esteemed career spanned over half a century. He was a key player in leading the New York Giants to the Super Bowl in 1956 during his time on the team, and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 due to his arduous work and athletic acumen. He later went on to find acclaim as an NFL commentator on ABC's Monday Night Football.
Despite his success, Gifford's fame never seemed to cause a waver in his unremitting kindness and humility. During interviews and video appearances with wife Kathie Lee, Gifford displayed humor and modesty that was truly admirable given the various accolades he received throughout his career. Gifford's family released a statement to NBC News in regard to his passing.
“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.”
During the final years of his life, Gifford's sentimentality and relationship with his family was documented in promotional appearances and interviews. He also paid tribute to late Giants player Kyle Rote with a touching eulogy in 2002. To celebrate a man who was a true NFL icon, father, and husband, below is a selection of Gifford's final appearances.
1. "Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford Visit The Disneyland Of Dairy Stores!"
Gifford and wife, Kathie Lee, showcased their sweet sense of humor during a trip to Stew Leonard's in Yonkers, New York in April 2014.
2. "Frank Gifford Interview" On Red Carpet For Lombard
Despite his esteemed reputation and years of fame, Gifford displayed his characteristic humility and kindness during an interview while attending the play, Lombard, in 2010.
3. "Frank Gifford Remembers Kyle Rote"
During a 2002 memorial service for the late and great Giants player, Kyle Rote, Gifford offered heartfelt words while remembering his former teammate.
4. "Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford Check Out Kringle Candle Men's Line"
Once again, Gifford and wife Kathie Lee, displayed kindness and humor while doing a promotion in 2012.
5. "Cassidy Gifford Is All Grown Up"
As Gifford's daughter, Cassidy, has begun a burgeoning career in entertainment, a recent interview the actress gave to Entertainment Tonight was interspersed with moments showing Gifford enjoying his role as a father and family man.
Gifford will be sorely missed, and we'll all send our thoughts and sympathies to his family during this difficult time.