Frank Gifford

Frank Gifford was born on 16th August 1930 in California. He was a footballer in America and later a sports commentator also. His father, Weldon Gifford is an oil driller. He completed his high school education from Bakersfield school. He graduated from USC in 1952. To get admission in USC, Frank had to play football for a season in Junior College of Bakersfield to earn the grades. After earning the grades, he enrolled for USC and received full scholarship. He started his career with National Football League in 1952. During his entire career of playing, he was with the New York Giants. He played both defense and offense.  He won the title of Most Valuable Player in the year 1956. That was the biggest season for him and the New York Giants won over the Chicago Bears. He received a severe head injury after being knocked out during a game in 1960. He had to retire from football due to that. However, he did make a comeback in 1961 with a changed position in the team. Now he was playing as a flanker. He permanently retired from football after the season of 1964.

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He became a commentator on television after retiring from playing. His commentary was more specific to NLF games for CBS network. When Monday night football was launched in 1970, ABC planned to give him the broadcasting responsibility. However, he had another year contract with CBS so he couldn’t join it. He joined the show after that year and replaced its current host that time Keith Jackson in the show. He was there with the show for about 27 out of 28 years of the show. The show was the longest running show of its time. He left the show in 1998. He was a commentator for other programs like the Olympics on ABC. He won an award for being an Outstanding Sports Personality in 1977. He received another award by Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He appeared as a guest star as himself in television series of NBC, Hazel. Then he appeared as himself in another show of ABC.

Frank got married thrice in his life. First, he got married to his girlfriend Maxine Evis on 13th January 1952. It is said that Maxine got pregnant and then couple decided to seal their relationship with marriage vows. They have 3 kids: Kyle, Jeff and Victoria. After that he got married to Astrid Lindley in 1978. His wife Astrid was a fitness trainer. But they headed for divorce in 1986. After that he married Kathie Johnson. Kathie was a singer and a television presenter. They have 2 kids. Kathie and Frank share the same birth date with a difference of 15 years. He also had an alleged affair with airline attender Suzen Johson. His net worth was estimated to be $18 million. He died one week before his birthday on 9th August 2015 due to natural causes in his residence in Connecticut. His family members were told that he had CTE which was revealed in a brain autopsy.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 16 Aug, 1930
Age: 89 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Santa Monica
Education: University of Southern California
Gender: Male
Description: American football player, television sportscaster
Spouse: Kathie Lee Gifford[1986-2015]
Net Worth 2021: 60 million
Last Modified: Jun 26 2020
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