Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel has died

In addition to managing the Giants, Jim Fassel was a seasoned NFL assistant, with offensive coordinator roles for the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals and Ravens.

The former head coach of the New York Giants, Jim Fassel, has died at the age of 71, confirmed his son John to the Los Angeles Times on Monday night.

Jim Fassel, who lived in Las Vegas, died of a heart attack while sedated after being taken to the hospital Monday with chest pains, he said John Fassel al Times.

Jim Fassel He was head coach of the Giants from 1997 to 2003 and led the team to three playoff appearances. Was appointed NFL Coach of the Year in 1997.

“Much of my life. Just a great man, great coach. He will be missed. I was definitely surprised this morning to hear the news,” said the legend of the Giants, Michael Strahan, in the program “Good Morning America”. “I want to send my love and condolences to the family. Great man. I enjoyed every minute of him as my coach and after my career, when we keep in touch and chat.”

Strahan played for Fassel with the Giants from 1997 to 2003.

The Giants from Fassel they lost to the Baltimore Ravens by 34-7 in the Super Bowl XXXV, in January 2001, after achieving a 12-4 record and winning the NFC East in that campaign. Fassel had a record of 58-53-1 overall with the Giants.

“On behalf of the families Mara Y table, and our entire organization, I would like to express my condolences to the family Fassel and the friends of Jim. We were all saddened to hear the news of Jim’s passing. Jim he was a good man, and his record as our coach speaks for itself, “said the co-owner of the Giants, John Mara, it’s a statement. “Jim He was distinguished by the way he led our team and gave his efforts to firefighters and other families after the 9-11 tragedy. The players respected him and enjoyed playing for Jim and his assistants. And we appreciate his seven years leading our team. “

In addition to directing Giants, Fassel was an experienced assistant to the NFL, with offensive coordinator roles for the Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals Y Ravens.

The head coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh, offered his condolences in a statement Tuesday, and said that although he never led with Fassel, “I always respected and appreciated his way of managing and treating the players.”

Fassel He also directed at the collegiate level, leading Utah from 1985 to 1989.

John Fassel, who is coordinator of special teams of the Dallas Cowboys, will not be at the team’s minicamp this week, following the death of his father. The assistant Fassel, Matt Daniels, will direct the special teams portion of the practices.

John He is a family man like anyone we have here, and our hearts go out to him and his family now, “said the head coach of the Cowboys, Mike McCarthy. “The love of John for his family and especially his father, Jim, has shared many stories in our little time together. “

Information from Jordan Raanan and Todd Archer was used in the writing of this note.