Frank Gifford Endowed Football Scholarship Established At USC

Feb. 28, 2007

The Frank Gifford Endowed Football Scholarship has been established by the USC athletic department in honor of former Trojan All-American Frank Gifford.

The scholarship, which will go annually to an incoming freshman running back, quarterback or wide receiver who best emulates Gifford's life, success and spirit, was funded through a donation by the Ann L. and Herbert Siegel Philanthropic Fund and by John Siegel, longtime friends of Gifford.

The inaugural scholarship will be awarded to Joe McKnight, a prep All-American running back from John Curtis High in River Ridge, La. He was regarded as the nation's top high school running back in 2006.

'It is fitting that the nation's best high school running back be awarded the first Frank Gifford Scholarship,' said USC head coach Pete Carroll.

Gifford was an All-American halfback at USC in 1951 when he led the team in rushing, total offense and scoring. He then played in the NFL with the New York Giants before embarking on a successful sport broadcasting career. He is a member of the Pro Football, College Football and USC Athletic Halls of Fame.

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