Legendary New York Giants back and NFL broadcaster Frank Gifford passes away on Sunday morning at the age of 84.

By Robby Sabo

New York Giants Hall of Fame running back Frank Gifford has passed away at the age of 84, one week shy of his 85th birthday.

A statement was released by his family shortly after the legend left us Sunday morning, via NBC Sports:

“It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Frank Gifford,” the Gifford family said in a statement released to NBC News. “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.”

Gifford was an eight-time Pro Bowler at three different positions, as well as an NFL MVP in 1956 when he led the Giants to the NFL Championship. His versatility was rarely matched by anybody on the gridiron during his day.

His most impressive season came during that 1956 campaign. It saw Gifford rack up over 600 yards rushing and receiving, scoring nine total touchdowns. He was also a key cog in the Giants defensive backfield.

Beginning in 1971, he went on to work for ABC’s Monday Night Football. This garnered him as a staple of the league for the next three-plus decades.

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