On Sunday afternoon, it was confirmed that former New York Giants Frank Gifford had passed away. Both John Mara and and Steve Tisch both gave their thoughts on Gifford:

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John Mara, Giants President
"Frank Gifford was the ultimate Giant. He was the face of our franchise for so many years.  More importantly, he was a treasured member of our family. My father loved him like a son and was proud to act as his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a favor Frank returned years later by presenting my father in Canton. 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."

Steve Tisch, Giants Chairman:
"Not only was Frank a member of the Giants family from the time he left USC, and will be forever, but because Frank, my father (Bob) and Pete Rozelle were so close in the '60s, I felt like he was a member of my family. I always loved seeing Frank on our sideline before our games. He had the handshake of a 25-year old, and he looked you right in the eye with his big blue eyes. He was such a strong person in every way. He will be missed and will always be remembered as a Giants' Giant."

Gifford played for the Giants on both offense and defense from for over a decade, from 1952 to 1964. In 1956, Gifford was the League MVP and helped the Giants win a League Championship. His No.16 is retired within the Giants organization.

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