(KMSP) - NFL Hall of Famer and Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford passed away Sunday morning at 84, a week before his 85th birthday.
Sports Business Journal's John Ourand published the family statement below:
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.
The Gifford Family
Gifford was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1977 and was the 1956 NFL MVP. He was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants in 1952 out of USC.
He tallied 3,609 career rushing yards and 34 touchdowns, 367 passes with 43 touchdowns and threw for 14 touchdowns, the most by any non-quarterback in league history.