Late NFL legend Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family reveals

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NEW YORK — The family of Frank Gifford, an NFL Hall of Famer who died in August, has revealed that the football legend suffered from a concussion-related brain disease.

According to a family statement, Gifford had CTE, which the family found after deciding to have his brain studied.

“Our suspicions that he was suffering from the debilitating effects of head trauma were confirmed when a team of pathologists recently diagnosed his condition as that of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) — a progressive degenerative brain disease,” the family said.

A versatile star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize, Gifford went on to a successful second career as a broadcaster on “Monday Night Football.”

Gifford was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1956 when he led the New York Giants to a league championship.

He passed away Aug. 9 in his Connecticut home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.