Frank Gifford was a great Giant and loved by just about everyone who followed sports and lifestyle. When you think about which athletes had the most prosperous careers after retirement, Gifford might be the first person that comes to mind (sorry, Arnold Palmer).
Every major sports network is chock full of ex-sports figures posing as experts on their studio shows. Strahan's is a success story. Tiki Barber's is not. The road has been spotty, but it's much smoother than it was years ago in the infancy of sports broadcasting.
The NFL even prepares players for careers in the media by providing a program called NFL Broadcast Bootcamp.?The program includes: "sessions on tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation."
"He was one of the greatest players in franchise history, and one of the finest, most dignified gentlemen you could ever meet. Andy was a man's man in every respect." (John Mara, Giants co-owner)
"Andy was a great leader. When he came to us from the Rams, it turned everything around defensively. He fit perfectly into Tom Landry's defense. Tom Landry was such a leader in putting defense into pro football and Andy was one of the key components of that.?He was far and away above the other defensive ends of his era. Andy was not all that big, but he was very quick. With Andy and Tom Landry, it was almost scary the anticipation that they had of what was going to be run. He and Tom were very, very close. Whereas Tom was the overall defensive coach, Andy basically ran the defensive line along with the linebackers. He was the leader. Everyone knew that. He was the leader in the clubhouse. He was quiet, but when Andy talked, everyone listened." (Frank Gifford, former teammate)
"He was a dear friend of mine,"?Gifford said. "Our families spent a lot of time together. We all liked to travel, so we would take vacations together. We went to Europe and so other many places together. He was one of a kind."
On Meredith's playing days:
On being selected for the Ring of Honor?along with 30 other former Giants:
"It's a terrific feeling to be selected as one of the members of the Ring of Honor. I don't know much about it at all. All I know is that I have to be there. It's quite an honor and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone?there."