May 15th, 2014
It's hard to become a pro football player. It's harder still to become a Pro Bowl football player.
So just how good was Frank Gifford? He made the Pro Bowl at three different positions in his career—defensive back, running back, and wide receiver!
Frank Gifford began his NFL career with the New York Giants by playing offense and defense, which was rare as by his era players were playing on only one side of the ball.
During his 12 seasons with the New York Giants, Gifford had 3,609 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns in 840 carries; he also had 367 receptions for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns.
And heck, why not let him throw the ball too? Gifford completed 29 of the 63 passes for 823 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 6 interceptions.
He made eight Pro Bowl appearances and had five trips to the NFL Championship Game, and was named to the NFL 1950s All-Decade team.
And when he was done being one of the greatest players ever, he became one of the greatest announcers ever, doing play-by-play for Monday Night Football for a whopping 15 years (1971-1986).
Frank Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1977.
What else was happening in 1977?
Star Wars premiered in movie theaters.
The Atari 2600 game system was released.
The Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline opened.
Average Monthly Rent was $240.00.
A gallon of gas cost 65 cents.
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII.