"In the early days of 'Monday Night Football' there was no competition from cable, none from satellite. Now when you put something on the air you know you're up against a thousand other pieces of entertainment that are out there ... It's an entirely different world. But if you put something on the air today and there's an attraction, people will find it, and they still find football in astonishing numbers."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Frank Gifford (1930-2015) outlines his career, beginning with his tenure as a professional football player for the New York Giants. Gifford then discusses how his football experience led to his involvement in sportscasting. He discusses juggling both careers at the same time, his eventual retirement from professional football, and the progression of his work as a sportscaster for CBS and ABC. He mentions highlights of his time in sportscasting, such as reporting for the first Super Bowl, covering the Olympics, and co-hosting the iconic ABC sports show, Monday Night Football for many years. He talks of the importance of human interest sports-reporting and how it affected the popularity of Monday Night Football. Gifford describes covering Evel Knievel for Wide World of Sports and also recalls the terrorist attack in Munich at the 1972 Olympics. Lastly, he talks about meeting his wife Kathie Lee Gifford and about appearing on her show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Karen Herman conducted the interview in New York City on September 18, 2006.