The Hit That Nearly Killed Frank Gifford 55 Years Ago
Frank Gifford probably considered himself awfully lucky to make it to 84 years of age, having spent a 12-year career sustaining the kind of repeated head trauma that we now know prematurely ends lives. Case in point: in 1960, Gifford suffered a season-ending concussion at the hands of Philadelphia Eagles' linebacker Chuck Bednarik that lead him to retire the following season while still in his prime. It was THAT big of a hit.
"I thought Bednarik killed him," Gifford's teammate Sam Huff told NFL films.
Gifford eventually returned to the sport in 1962 to become UPI "Comeback Player of the Year" -- something that should tell you everything you need to know about the National Football League's longstanding history of blatantly ignoring obvious medical realities.
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