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RIP Frank Gifford

Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:27 pm

He did what many of us who are sports fans dream of doing and he was one week shy of his 85th birthday, so he didn't get shortchanged by any means.

I can barely remember the end of his playing days, but he became a star in the broadcasting field to the point that many younger NFL fans may not even have been aware he had been a star player.

He was also a "star" in the sense that his celebrity went beyond his stardom as a football player.

It's hard to think back to days before the NFL was the behemoth it is today, but my recollection from the perspective of the pre-teenager I was at that time is that he and Arnold Palmer were among the pioneers in parlaying their fame into ties with national advertising and marketing.
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