The world of football betting has seen many great players come and go over the years, and certainly all of them are unique in their own ways. Sometimes we wish the players could come into the league, play, and stay forever, but age catches up and death, however we hate it, is inevitable. And it does not matter how long ago they stopped playing; if any former NFL player dies, it grips our hearts and often causes a lot of bittersweet memories. This is even worse if the player was a celebrated individual, like a Hall of Famer. Once such cases is the recent death of NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, which has cast a shadow of mourning across the NFL fraternity, as memories of him keep flashing in the minds of players and fans alike, many who fondly knew him for his great on and off-field contributions to the game.
Born Francis Newton Gifford, “Frank” was one of the greatest players the NFL has ever seen. In his 12-year career in the NFL, he represented New York Giants between 1952-1964 as a running back and a wide receiver. He was named the Most Valuable Player in 1956; the same year he helped his team to win the National Championship. When he retired, he took on to the media, working as a play-to-play announcer and a commentator, a responsibility he held dutifully for 27 years with ABC’s Monday Night Football. His excellence continued to show as he won the Emmy Award. His induction into the hall of fame came in 1977. Until his death, he was the husband to Kathie Lee Gifford, who he married in 1986.
Frank Gifford highlights and accolades
Apart from the MVP Award in 1956, Frank had many other accolades, including
- 8× Pro Bowl selection (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1963)
- 6× All-Pro selection (1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959)
- NFL Champion (1956)
- Pro Bowl MVP (1958)
- UPI Comeback Player of the Year (1962)
- NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
- New York Giants No. 16 retired
- Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
- College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Frank the RB and WR
By the time he was retiring, he had a total of 3,609 yards rushing and a rushing average of 4.3. He also accumulated a total of 34 rushing touchdowns and 367 receptions. On the receiving end, Gifford had 3 receiving touchdowns and 5,434 receiving yards. Behind, he leaves such a history that can only remind us of other Hall of famers that have departed in recent times, some whom we honorably mention below:
Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau Jr.
Known as one of the most passionate linebackers of all time, Junior was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 2009 after playing in the NFL from 1990 to 2009. The same year, his shirt number, 55, was retired by the by San Diego Chargers. During his time in the league, his selections included10-time All-Pro, 12-timePro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. His list of accolades is one of the longest the NFL has ever seen, and in 2015, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He died at the age of 43 in 2012 after committing suicide with a gun.
Born Reginald Howard White in 1961, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of fame, for a football life that had numerous highlights and accolades. He was famously known by his peers as the Minister for defense due to his combination of defense in football and gospel ministry. Among his accolades are the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 13-time Pro Bowl and 12-time All-Pro selection. He had the second best all time career sacks of 198.5. He represented Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers in a stellar career that stands as one of the most decorated in the history of football. He died in 2004, at the age of 43.
Mike Webster, Johnny Unitas and Bob Hayers
Named Michael Lewis Webster when he was born on March 18, 1952, “Iron Mike” was an NFL center, who played for the in the league from 1974 to 1990, featuring with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. Among his most memorable performances, he was part of the Pittsburgh team that won four Super Bowls from 1974 to 1979. His illustrious career saw him named as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 1997. Other than being honored in the Hall of Fame, he was a 9-time Pro Bowler and a 9-time All-Pro selection, with his #52 shirt being retired by the Steelers after he served masterfully in the team for 15 of his 17 seasons in the league. In 2002, Mike died of a heart attack. Eerily, Mike’s death came within 10 days of September when two other Hall of Famers died—Johnny Unitas and Bob Hayes, who died at 69 years and 59 years, respectively.