Former Giants coach Jim Fassel has died on the age of 71.
As was confirmed by his son John Fassel to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Occasions, the elder Fassel suffered a coronary heart assault whereas underneath sedation. He had been hospitalized and was coping with chest pains.
Fassel coached the Giants from 1997 to 2003. He took house Coach of the 12 months honors throughout his first season in ’97 and ultimately led the Giants on an unbelievable run to the Tremendous Bowl through the 2000 season. After Thanksgiving that season with New York sitting at 7-4 and coming off two straight losses, he famously assured the group would make it to the playoffs.
“It is a poker sport, and I’m shoving my chips to the center of the desk,” Fassel mentioned. “I’m elevating the ante, and anyone who needs in, get in. Anyone who needs out can get out. This group goes to the playoffs, OK? This group goes to the playoffs.”
The Giants would win 5 consecutive video games to safe home-field benefit after that.
Along with his time with the Giants, Fassel coached with the Broncos, Raiders, Cardinals and Ravens within the NFL and had a profitable four-year stint with the Las Vegas Locomotives within the UFL earlier than that league folded.
Fassel’s dying prompted many tributes from throughout the NFL. That included poignant, heartfelt feedback from one among his former defensive stars, Michael Strahan.
“[He was a] massive a part of my life. Only a nice man, nice coach and he will likely be missed,” Strahan mentioned Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “However I used to be undoubtedly shocked this morning to seek out out this information and I simply need to ship my love and condolences to his household. Nice man. I loved each minute with him as my coach and after my profession once we continued to remain in contact and discuss.”
Moreover, many distinguished NFL figures, associates of Fassel, NFL groups and followers honored him on Twitter.
One of many extra underrated soundbites in NFL historical past—Jim Fassel guaranteeing his @Giants would make the playoffs. From there, they received 7 straight and made the Tremendous Bowl. His coordinators that 12 months? @SeanPayton and John Fox.
RIP to a very good man. pic.twitter.com/Ma55CWTATB
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 8, 2021
I began overlaying the #Giants in 2004, simply as Jim Fassel was giving option to Tom Coughlin, however I did have a couple of possibilities to work together with him over time. All the time a pleasure to talk to him. RIP to a extremely good head coach. https://t.co/uUI84Ws22d
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 8, 2021
Unhappy information about Jim Fassel. Good man and underrated coach. #RIP
— Don La Greca (@DonLagreca) June 8, 2021
Sorry to listen to this information. Jim Fassel was the Ravens offensive coordinator after I first began working for the group again in 2005. His son, John, was on the Ravens teaching employees too. Nice guys. Love and prayers for the Fassel household. 🙏 https://t.co/4HYQeU1k4v
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) June 8, 2021
All the time unhappy to see the previous coaches we knew so nicely age and go away.
Jim Fassel had skilled success and, at 71, a terrific run.
— Chris Clough (@ChrisCloughOly) June 8, 2021
So sorry to listen to that Jim Fassel died. He was a very good man and at all times accommodating throughout my time touring and dealing the Giants. He was additionally a pillar of power and compassion on and after 9/11. RIP Coach Fassel and my deepest condolences to his household and associates.
— Steve Cohen (@CohenNFL) June 8, 2021
I’m devastated to listen to the information of my longtime fried Jim Fassel’s passing. He has been an everyday on my present for a few years, and at all times cherished doing it. He was not doing nicely after his bout with Covid 19 which he was nonetheless struggling. Relaxation in Peace my good friend. pic.twitter.com/wV6vDHWz5d
— Gil Whiteley (@Gilfest) June 8, 2021
We’re saddened to listen to of the passing of former Broncos Offensive Coordinator (1993-1994) Jim Fassel.
Our hearts exit to the Fassel household. pic.twitter.com/6Ez54KdfjW
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 8, 2021