Frank Gifford Passes Away, ‘The Ultimate Giant’, says John Mara
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:
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.