Frank Deford, then editor and publisher of The National Sports Daily, holds a proof of the final front page of the newspaper in 1991 at the paper's offices in New York. Award-winning sports writer and commentator Frank Deford has died. He was 78. Deford passed away Sunday in Key West, Florida, his family confirmed.
Frank Deford, then editor and publisher of The National Sports Daily, holds a proof of the final front page of the newspaper in 1991 at the paper's offices in New York. Award-winning sports writer and commentator Frank Deford has died. He was 78. Deford passed away Sunday in Key West, Florida, his family confirmed. Susan Ragan AP File
Frank Deford, then editor and publisher of The National Sports Daily, holds a proof of the final front page of the newspaper in 1991 at the paper's offices in New York. Award-winning sports writer and commentator Frank Deford has died. He was 78. Deford passed away Sunday in Key West, Florida, his family confirmed. Susan Ragan AP File

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