One of Professional Football’s early icons of the 1950s. Frank Gifford Entered the NFL when he was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1952 draft. While at USC he already had a started appearing in Hollywood movies. His first 2 years in the league he played Defensive Back and back-up runningback. In 1952 he threw a touchdown pass against the Eagles and in 1953 had an interception-return-touchdown against Washington. He played a total of 12 seasons – Named to the Pro Bowl 8 times at 3 different positions and 4 All-Pro Selections. While in New York the Giants won 5 Divisional titles and an NFL Championship in 1956. That year he had the most Total Yards from Scrimmage (1422 YFS) and was named the NFL MVP of 1956.


Image Gallery of Frank Gifford, HalfBack/Defensive Back/Receiver 1952-1964



Career Rushing & Receiving Statistics

Year Age Games Rushes Yards TD Long Y/A Catches Yards Y/R TD Long Touch Y/Tch YScm
1952 22 10 38 116 0 15 3.1 5 36 7.2 0 11 43 3.5 152
1953* 23 12 50 157 2 15 3.1 18 292 16.2 4 49 68 6.6 449
1954* 24 9 66 368 2 30 5.6 14 154 11.0 1 35 80 6.5 522
1955*+ 25 11 86 351 3 49 4.1 33 437 13.2 4 54 119 6.6 788
1956*+ 26 12 159 819 5 69 5.2 51 603 11.8 4 48 210 6.8 1422♦
1957*+ 27 12 136 528 5 41 3.9 41 588 14.3 4 63 177 6.3 1116
1958* 28 10 115 468 8 33 4.1 29 330 11.4 2 41 144 5.5 798
1959*+ 29 11 106 540 3 79 5.1 42 768 18.3 4 77 148 8.8 1308
1960 30 8 77 232 4 15 3.0 24 344 14.3 3 44 101 5.7 576
1962 32 14 2 18 1 12 9.0 39 796 20.4 7 63 41 19.9 814
1963* 33 14 4 10 0 12 2.5 42 657 15.6 7 64 46 14.5 667
1964 34 13 1 2 1 2 2.0 29 429 14.8 3 40 30 14.4 431
Career 136 840 3609 34 79 4.3 367 5434 14.8 43 77 1207 7.5 9043

Career Passing Table

Year Age Games Cmp Attempts Cmp % Yards TD Int Long Y/A Rate
1952 22 10 1 2 50.0 18 1 0 18 9.0 120.8
1953* 23 12 3 6 50.0 47 1 0 21 7.8 116.0
1954* 24 9 4 8 50.0 155 3 1 83 19.4 95.8
1955*+ 25 11 2 6 33.3 96 2 0 71 16.0 121.5
1956*+ 26 12 2 5 40.0 35 2 1 29 7.0 64.6
1957*+ 27 12 4 6 66.7 143 2 0 66 23.8 149.3
1958* 28 10 3 10 30.0 109 1 1 63 10.9 66.2
1959*+ 29 11 5 11 45.5 151 2 2 43 13.7 92.0
1960 30 8 3 6 50.0 24 0 1 13 4.0 20.8
1962 32 14 1 2 50.0 12 0 0 12 6.0 68.7
1963 33 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1964 34 13 1 1 100.0 33 0 0 33 33.0 118.7
Career 136 29 63 46.0 823 14 6 83 13.1 92.5

 

Career Kick & Punt Returns Statistics

Year Age Games Punt Returns Yards TD Long Y/R Kick Returns Yards TD Long Y/Rt APYd
1952 22 10 1 3 0 3 3.0 4 124 0 61 31.0 325
1953* 23 12 16 106 0 40 6.6 13 327 0 55 25.2 948
1954* 24 9 8 12 0 8 1.5 1 29 0 29 29.0 563
1955*+ 25 11 5 114 0 62 22.8 902
Career 136 25 121 0 40 4.8 23 594 0 62 25.8 9870
  • + – All-Pro Selection
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Led the League

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  1. Robert Bernard

    His Pro Hamlet photo hangs on my wall along with a photo that I was fortunate to meet and greet from Giants stadium two years before he passed . They talked about a movie Glory Game from his book still waiting