Frank Gifford: The Golden Year, 1956

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9780133310740: Frank Gifford: The Golden Year, 1956

The year was 1956. Sports fans throughout the country held their breath as the New York Giants faced the Chicago Bears in a dramatic confrontation. To the cheers of a record-breaking crowd, the Giants fought on to victory, becoming the National Football League Champions. That year, pro football had come of age. One man stood out among the many superb players who made possible the Giants' triumph that day at Yankee Stadium. Frank Gifford, the handsome halfback from Bakersfield, California, was the undisputed star of the game. This is the remarkable story of Gifford's Golden Year. Here, captured with vivid realism, are the tension, the excitement, and the brilliance of many of the most memorable games in the history of Pro Football. William N. Wallace, sports writer for The New York Times, re-creates, moment by moment, the crucial plays and the colorful personalities that made each game unique. Frank Gifford was always at the centerof the excitement. With a quick mind, a perfect body, and a strong determination to make each play better than the last, the campus king from the University of Southern California was destined to become America's crown prince of football. Gifford's rapid ascent to fame reached a climax in his golden year, 1956. His performance in the NFL championship game won him the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the league's outstanding player, and a permanent place in the annals of football. But it was his personal charm, his irresistible human appeal, and his unforgettable smile that won him a lasting place in the heart of America. Frank Gifford's career as a football"giant" did not end when he took off his uniform for the last time. Today, as a sportscaster for WCBS-TV, he covers all the happenings on the current sports scene. Here is a story of action, drama, and exhilaration. It is the story of a man. It is the story of a year. But most of all it is the story of a game that has come to epitomize America, and of a man who has become a symbol of that game.

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