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Sports Birthdays for August 16 — Frank Gifford and More

Frank Gifford and Kathie Lee Gifford
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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 16:

Frank Gifford
Age: 82
Profession: Retired NFL Player / Broadcaster
Best Known For: An eight-time Pro Bowl back, Frank Gifford played for the New York GIants from 1952 to 1964. In 1960, Gifford was knocked unconscious by Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker Chuck Bednarik, causing him to miss 18 months of play. The moment was captured in a famous photo. A member of the NFL’s 1950s All-Decade Team, Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Gifford served as an analyst on ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football’ from 1971 to 1997. He is married to television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, who shares his birthday.

Christian Okoye
Age: 51
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Known as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ for his punishing running style and Nigerian heritage, Christian Okoye was a two-time Pro Bowl running back for the Kansas City Chiefs during his playing career from 1987 to 1992. Okoye was the NFL’s rushing champion in 1989, when he was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Ben Coates
Age: 43
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A five-time Pro Bowl tight end, Ben Coates played for the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens from 1991 to 2000. A member of the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team, Coates was on the Ravens’ squad that won Super Bowl XXXV.

Eric Swann
Age: 42
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, Eric Swann played for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers from 1991 to 2000. One of the rare NFL players who never attended college, Swann was discovered while playing for the semi-pro Bay State Titans in Massachusetts.

Ryan Longwell
Age: 38
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Placekicker Ryan Longwell played for the Green Bay Packers from 1997 to 2005 and for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2011. He has a career field goal percentage of 83.2 percent, making him the 11th-most accurate kicker in NFL history. Longwell is currently an unsigned free agent.

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