He was a Pro Football Hall of Famer who led the New York Giants to a league championship in 1956 and later teamed up with Q1, Right-brained shock artists Howard Cosell and Don Meredith in the Monday Night Football booth for nearly 30 years. Described as a “versatile star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize,” Frank Gifford was also named MVP that same year (1956) when he led the Giants on their title run.
Yet, what if Gifford had tried to make the NFL in the year 2015? He likely wouldn’t have made it, to be frank (no pun intended). Yes, he was great football player for his time, but times have changed, and today in the NFL one cannot find a single player with Frank’s inborn design on the field making a household name for himself. Rather, they are more commonly found off the field, giving their Q3 (front-Left brain) opinions with eloquence and charm. We’ve given you a hint (#3 FEAL, #7 FEIL, #11 FCAL, or #15 FCIL), so what Brain Type are we talking about?
Gifford was in fact a #11 FCAL, and sadly passed away on Sunday at the age of 84, with a statement from his family reading, “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.” Indeed, Gifford was also “amazing” in that he was unique. Be sure to catch the interview below with Al Michaels (Q3 #15 FCIL) in which he says, “He was the coolest guy in the room. In the crazy business of live television when everything is going nuts, and everybody’s going nuts along with it, Frank was always very calm. He was always a calming presence. And that’s what he was. A man of style. A man of class, and just a great guy to work with. And you could count on him.”
Look up the #11 FCAL profile and you’ll discover that this description fits Gifford to a ‘T’. Dependable, kind, often stylish and usually mellow, the #11 FCAL can be a joy to be around (when they’re not overly self-focused), and such was Frank Gifford. (And in case you’re wondering when Niednagel/BTI first identified Gifford’s Brain Type, it was not last week but long before our first public written record in 1992 in Niednagel’s Your Best Sport: How to Choose and Play It!)
As mentioned earlier, though #11s can scarcely be found on NFL football fields, they can still be found commentating on sports or world news in general. Think of the late Pat Summerall, or baseball’s Vin Scully, or NBC’s Tom Brokaw. Actually, to find the most #11s, all one has to do is turn on FoxNews. No other news station has a single prominent FCAL, yet Fox has Gretchen Carlson of “The Real News,” Harris Falkner of “Outnumbered,” and Martha MacCallum of “America’s Newsroom.” In terms of Brain Type, FoxNews is indeed more “Fair and Balanced,” hiring and utilizing other inborn designs to share their viewpoints.
Gifford, of course, was married to longtime spouse Kathy Lee Gifford, a #9 FCAR. Kathy recently spoke on the Today show how Frank grew up in poverty after the depression. “He knew what it was like to be hungry, and he knew what it was like not to have clothes on his back. Even when he went to USC to play football there, he had one pair of jeans and a white shirt.” She went on to say, “He would want you to know that he died in complete peace. He knew every sin he had committed was forgiven.” The interview is really meaningful and heartfelt, put in such a way that only a #9 could seemingly do it, sharing how much their Christian faith meant to both of them. That video is posted below as well.
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