As a kid, Frank Gifford was never in one place long. The son of an oilfield roughneck who was constantly looking for work, he moved 47 times before starting high school in Bakersfield.
But as an adult, the low-key, likable athlete with movie-star looks stayed put — and became a reliable, welcome, instantly recognizable presence for millions of sports-loving Americans.
Gifford, a former NFL star who made a seamless transition into sportscasting and ultimately spent 27 years with ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” died Sunday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 84.
Gifford died unexpectedly from natural causes, according to a statement from his...