Frank Gifford may be famous for being married to longtime wife Kathy Lee Gifford of the Today Show, but he is not just the husband of a talk show host. Here are five things you should know about Francis Newton “Frank” Gifford.
1. Gifford was a pro football player.
Gifford’s biggest season may have been 1956, when he won the Most Valuable Player award of the NFL, and led the Giants to the NFL title over the Chicago Bears.
2. He is a Hall of Famer.
Gifford was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1977.
3. He had a broadcasting career.
After his playing days ended, Gifford became a commentator mainly for NFL games on CBS. His big break came in 1971 when he replaced Keith Jackson as play-by-play announcer on ABC’s Monday Night Football, joining Howard Cosell and Don Meredith, and would continue on as a commentator until 1997, amid controversy regarding an affair he had with airline stewardess Suzen Johnson.
4. He met wife, Kathy Lee, on TV.
He met wife Kathie Lee while filling in as GMA host.
5. He is a father.
Gifford has two children with Kathy Lee: son Cody Newton Gifford, 20, and daughter Cassidy Erin Gifford, 17.