Frank Gifford's Life in Photos

As the sports and entertainment worlds say goodbye to the legend, look back on his public achievements and private family moments

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In a 1960 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Gifford was hit hard by Eagles player Chuck Bednarik; his injuries forced him to the sidelines for nearly two years. "I caught the ball about the same time as he caught me," Gifford explained, adding that he fractured several vertebrae in his neck. "Had I played anymore it could've been really serious." During his time off the field, he dabbled in sports broadcasting, but "I really missed something," he said. "It dawned on me – I could do this the rest of my life, but I can't do the other the rest of my life. It was the toughest year of my life football-wise, once being the New York Giant and all of a sudden I was having a hard time even making this football team." His work paid off, though, and he returned to the team before retiring in 1964.