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Frank Gifford was a great Giant and loved by just about everyone who followed sports and lifestyle. When you think about which athletes had the most prosperous careers after retirement, Gifford might be the first person that comes to mind (sorry, Arnold Palmer).

Tags: Frank Gifford, New York Giants History, John Fennelly
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It's a natural progression for athletes coaches now - finish your playing career, then begin a career in the media. ?Some have done it seamlessly, while others have fallen flat on their face. ?Michael Strahan has perhaps gone the furthest, transcending the sports broadcast realm as the a co-host of a morning show with an audience that consists of 90% women.

Every major sports network is chock full of ex-sports figures posing as experts on their studio shows. Strahan's is a success story. Tiki Barber's is not. The road has been spotty, but it's much smoother than it was years ago in the infancy of sports broadcasting.

The NFL even prepares players for careers in the media by providing a program called NFL Broadcast Bootcamp.?The program includes: "sessions on tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation."

Tags: Frank Gifford, New York Giants, New York Giants History
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Reaction to the death of Andy Robustelli, the former Giants' defensive end and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 85:

"He was one of the greatest players in franchise history, and one of the finest, most dignified gentlemen you could ever meet. Andy was a man's man in every respect." (John Mara, Giants co-owner)

"Andy was a great leader. When he came to us from the Rams, it turned everything around defensively. He fit perfectly into Tom Landry's defense. Tom Landry was such a leader in putting defense into pro football and Andy was one of the key components of that.?He was far and away above the other defensive ends of his era. Andy was not all that big, but he was very quick. With Andy and Tom Landry, it was almost scary the anticipation that they had of what was going to be run. He and Tom were very, very close. Whereas Tom was the overall defensive coach, Andy basically ran the defensive line along with the linebackers. He was the leader. Everyone knew that. He was the leader in the clubhouse. He was quiet, but when Andy talked, everyone listened." (Frank Gifford, former teammate)

Tags: Andy Robustelli, Frank Gifford, George Martin, John Mara, New York Giants, Sam Huff
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Former Giant Frank Gifford offered his thoughts on the passing of Don Meredith, his broadcast partner on Monday Night Football. Meredith, a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys,?passed away on Sunday at the age of 72. The quotes are from a story in Friday's Greenwich Time:

"He was a dear friend of mine,"?Gifford said. "Our families spent a lot of time together. We all liked to travel, so we would take vacations together. We went to Europe and so other many places together. He was one of a kind."

On Meredith's playing days:

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Don Meredith, Frank Gifford, New York Giants
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The Greenwich Time's David Fierro?had an exclusive interview Thursday night with?Frank Gifford, who will be inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday night's game against the Bears. Here's what Gifford had to say:

On being selected for the Ring of Honor?along with 30 other former Giants:

"It's a terrific feeling to be selected as one of the members of the Ring of Honor. I don't know much about it at all. All I know is that I have to be there. It's quite an honor and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone?there."

Tags: Frank Gifford, Giants Ring of Honor, New York Giants
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