Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel has died at the age of 71.
Fassel’s son John confirmed the father’s death to the Los Angeles Times on Monday evening.
According to the Times, Jim Fassel, who lives in Las Vegas, Had a heart attack and died while calm. He had chest pain on Monday and was taken to the hospital by a friend.
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Fassel was the Giants’ head coach from 1997 to 2003. He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the team to the playoffs in the first of three positions as head coach.
His Giants would become NFC Champions in the 2000 regular season before losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
He compiled a 58–53–1 season record during his time leading the Giants. He also served as offensive coordinator with the Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Ravens.
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Baltimore was his last coaching place in the NFL. He served as an offensive coordinator before being released midway through the 2006 season, after which he spent four years as head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League from 2009-2012.
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Born in Anaheim california Fassel played quarterback at Fullerton College, USC and Long Beach State. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 1972 NFL Draft.