Family tree of Frank GIFFORD

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AmericanBorn Francis Newton GIFFORD

Hall of Fame former American football player and American sportscaster

Born on October 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California , United States

Died on August 09, 2015 in Greenwich, Connecticut , United States

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Gifford was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Lola Mae (née Hawkins) and Weldon Gifford, an oil driller.

After graduating from Bakersfield High School, Gifford was unable to gain an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) due to his low grade point average. Undeterred, he played a season for Bakersfield Junior College, making the Junior College All-American team while making the grades needed to enroll at USC.


At USC, Gifford was named an All-American athlete and player and graduated in the class of 1952.

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