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Jim Fassel, the former head coach of the New York Giants, died Monday. After suffering a heart attack while resting in Las Vegas, he was 71.
Fassel’s son John confirmed the news to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.
The Anaheim, California native coached the Giants from 1997 to 2003. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year after his first season as a team leader and leading the club. The franchise went on to appear in Super Bowl XXXV at the end of the 2000 campaign before losing to the Baltimore Ravens.
Michael Strahan, longtime star of the Giants Remembering his former coach on ABC̵7;s good morning america On Tuesday:
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“Just a great man great coach And he will miss”@michaelstrahan Reflecting on his time with former Giants coach Jim Fassel, who died at age 71 pic.twitter.com/jBZMevSw8A
Fassel posted 58-53-1 regular-season statistics and 2-3 semi-finals against New York.
Initially he was a quarterback. He spent time at Fullerton College, USC and Long Beach State before being selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 1972 NFL draft. He also spent time with the San Diego Chargers and Houston A.D. Eulers during a single season in the NFL
He played for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and WFL’s The Hawaiians before beginning his coaching career with The Hawaiians in 1974.
Fassel’s first head coaching opportunity came at the University of Utah in 1985. He posted a 25-33 record in five years with Uts.
He rose to the NFL level with the Giants as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 1991, and he returned as the team’s head coach in 1997 after another stint with another organization. three places
“The first year was one of my proudest moments,” Fassel told David. Russell on New York Sports Day in 2016, “When I took the job, I know there’s work to do Then I saw all the magazines and we were the only ones. Picking the last team out of all, I thought, ‘Shit, this might be rougher than I thought.’ We were the first unbeaten team to play NFC East and win the division.”
He later led Las Vegas locomotives to back-to-back UFL titles in 2009 and 2010.
His son John is currently the Dallas Cowboys Special Team Coordinator, having previously served with the Los Angeles Rams, with a highlight on the trip. Super Bowl LIII at the end of the 2018 season
“John tried to do his best in a very bad situation. And I think that’s why people like him,” Jim told Steve Serby of the New York Post in 2019.
Fassel also worked as a radio broadcaster for Westwood One after he finished the NFL.
He came back on the sidelines with Locos. That started 4-0 when the UFL ended in 2012, which ended Fassel’s coaching career.