By David Long
Frank Gifford, the Giants’ All-Pro running back, lay crumpled at Yankee Stadium after having fumbled away a pass reception when blindsided by Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik late in a 17-10 loss.
Unconscious, Gifford was carried off the field on a stretcher and examined. Wrapped in blankets with an ice-cold compress above his closed eyes, he was soon rolled on a gurney to an ambulance that hurried him to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
The diagnosis was said to be a “deep brain concussion,” and Gifford remained in the hospital for several days. His 1960 season was over.
The game was vital to the Eagles run to the NFL title, and it was followed a week later by a 31-23 win over the Giants at Franklin Field.