Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel has died at the age of 71.
According to Sam Farmer of Los Angeles TimesJohn Fassel, special team coordinator for Jim’s son Jim’s Dallas Cowboys, has confirmed his father’s passing.
Fassel had chest pain on Monday and was taken to hospital before suffering a heart attack while under sedation.
Fassel was the Giants’ head coach from 1997-2003 and led the franchise to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV with the Baltimore Ravens. Fassel spent 16 years as a coach in the NFL. He served as an offensive coordinator for the Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Ravens. He was last coached in the NFL in 2006 with Baltimore and Baltimore. Spent four years as head coach of the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives from 2009-2012.
Fassel also briefly played in the NFL after being drafted in the seventh round as a quarterback from Long Beach State in 1972. He spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Bears. The Houston Oilers pre-season with the Toronto Argonauts’ Canadian Football League and part of their two seasons with The Hawaiians of the World Football League.
Locomotive won two of three UFL championships and lost in its third-year title game to the Virginia Destroyers. The Giants reached the playoffs in three of Fassel’s seven seasons as head coach with a trip to the Super. The 2000 Bowl was the only time the team surpassed a Wildcard weekend.
Fassel was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1997, leading the Giants to a record 10-5-1 and earning a play-off title in his first season as head coach.