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NFL: Frank Grifford Ends One-Year Retirement

Apr. 2, 1962 - Frank Gifford ended a one-year retirement today and rejoined the New York Giants of the NFL. He signed for “pretty close” to his $25,000 salary of 1960. The 31-year-old former all-pro halfback said he had given up his sports broadcasting duties at WCBS to concentrate on his football comeback. “There are many reasons for my returning to the Giants,” he said. “First and most important, I love the game. Possibly, I made a mistake in leaving.” Many observers believed that Gifford’s retirement last year was based, at least in part, upon an injury suffered in his last pro game (pictured). Chuck Bednarik, a Philadelphia Eagle linebacker, knocked him unconscious with a savage blind-side tackle in late November. Gifford was hospitalized with an acute deep brain concussion and skull and neck contusions. Last year, Gifford scouted for the Giants but concentrated on his radio job. He has appeared in the movies, on television, and in swimsuit advertisements.


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