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.
“It’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.
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.
One of the most underrated sound clips in NFL history — Jim Fassel guaranteeing sound @ Giants would make the playoffs. From there, they’ve won 7 straight games and reached the Super Bowl. Its coordinators that year? @SeanPayton and John Fox.
RIP to a good man. pic.twitter.com/Ma55CWTATB
-Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 8, 2021
I started to cover the # Giants in 2004, just as Jim Fassel gave way to Tom Coughlin, but I’ve had a few opportunities to interact with him over the years. Always a pleasure to talk to him. RIP to a very good head coach. https://t.co/uUI84Ws22d
– Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 8, 2021
Sad news for Jim Fassel. Handsome man and underrated trainer. #TO TEAR APART
– Don La Greca (@DonLagreca) June 8, 2021
Sorry to hear this news. Jim Fassel was the Ravens offensive coordinator when I started working for the team in 2005. His son, John, was also on the Ravens coaching staff. Great guys. Love and prayers for the Fassel family. 🙏 https://t.co/4HYQeU1k4v
– Sarah Ellison (@sgelison) June 8, 2021
Always sad to see the former coaches we have known so well grow old and die.
Jim Fassel had professional success and, at 71, a great race.
– Chris Clough (@ChrisCloughOly) June 8, 2021
Sorry to hear that Jim Fassel has passed away. He was a good man and always accommodating while I traveled and worked among the giants. He was also a pillar of strength and compassion during and after 9/11. RIP Coach Fassel and my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
– Steve Cohen (@CohenNFL) June 8, 2021
I am devastated to hear the news of the passing of my longtime fry Jim Fassel. He’s been a regular on my show for many years and always loved doing it. He was not doing well after his fight with Covid 19 which he was still struggling with. Rest in peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/wV6vDHWz5d
– Gil Whiteley (@Gilfest) June 8, 2021
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Broncos offensive coordinator (1993-1994) Jim Fassel.
Our hearts go out to the Fassel family. pic.twitter.com/6Ez54KdfjW
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 8, 2021