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NFL legend Frank Gifford dies at 84

Legendary football player and broadcaster Frank Gifford died Sunday at this home in Connecticut from natural causes. He was 84.

An All-American player while at USC, Gifford was a first-round draft pick for the New York Giants in 1952. He spent 12 seasons with the Giants, and helped lead the team to an NFL championship in 1956. In 1977, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Frank Gifford was the ultimate Giant," team co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "He was the face of our franchise for so many years. For my siblings and me, Frank was like a revered older brother whom we looked up to and admired. We loved him and will miss him terribly."

After retiring, Gifford spent more than 25 years as a member of the Monday Night Football team, famously working alongside Don Meredith and Howard Cosell in the 1970s. He was also in the spotlight due to his third marriage to television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, who tweeted on Sunday, "Deeply grateful to all 4 ur outpouring of grace. We r steadfast in our faith & finding comfort in knowing where Frank is. Philippians 4:13." He is survived by his wife and five children.