Michael Strahan and NFL Twitter pay tribute to Jim Fassel after former Giants coach passed away at 71

Michael Strahan and NFL Twitter pay tribute to Jim Fassel after former Giants coach passed away at 71

Former Giants coach Jim Fassel has died aged 71.

As confirmed by his son John Fassel at Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Elder Fassel suffered a heart attack while under sedation. He had been hospitalized and suffered from chest pain.

Fassel coached the Giants from 1997 to 2003. He won Coach of the Year honors in his first season in 1997 and ultimately led the Giants in an unlikely Super Bowl run in the 2000 season. After Thanksgiving that season with New York at 7-4 and after two straight losses, he assured the team would advance to the playoffs.

β€œIt’s a game of poker, and I put my chips in the middle of the table,” Fassel said. “I raise the bet, and anyone who wants to come in comes in. Anyone who wants to come out can come out. This team is going to the playoffs, okay? This team is going to the playoffs.”

The Giants would win five straight games to secure a field advantage after that.

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In addition to his time with the Giants, Fassel coached with the Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals and Ravens in the NFL and enjoyed a successful four-year stint with the Las Vegas Locomotives in the UFL before the shutdown of this league.

Fassel’s death garnered many tributes across the NFL. It included poignant and heartfelt comments from one of his former defensive stars, Michael Strahan.

“[He was a] much of my life. Just a great man, a great coach and he will be missed, “Strahan said Tuesday on”Hello america. “” But I was definitely shocked this morning to hear this news and just want to send my love and condolences to his family. Big man. I enjoyed every minute of him as a coach and after my career when we continued to stay in touch and talk. “

In addition, many NFL personalities, friends of Fassel, NFL teams and fans have graced him on Twitter.



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