The professional football Hall of Fame inductee died suddenly at his Connecticut home on Sunday morning (09Aug15), according to a family statement.

Gifford was a New York Giants legend, who became a successful sports broadcaster on Monday Night Football.

The Gifford family statement reads: "We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being."

His widow is U.S. TV personality Kathy Lee Gifford.