Jim Fassel: former NFL coach dies at 71



A Giants spokesperson said the team had been briefed by close friends of Fassel’s family.

Fassel, who lived outside of Las Vegas, was rushed to hospital Monday with chest pain, where he died of a heart attack while under sedation, according to the Giants, who cited from numerous press articles.

Fassel led the Giants to the playoffs three times during his tenure with the team, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2001, where New York City lost to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

He has coached at the college and professional level for 30 years, with head coaching positions at the University of Utah and assistant coaching roles with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore. Ravens.

Current Ravens coach John Harbaugh paid his respects to Fassel in a statement on Tuesday and said that although he had never coached with Fassel, he “always respected and appreciated his approach to training and the way he treated his players”.

Fassel coached Hall of Fame member John Elway as offensive coordinator at Stanford and with the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos mentionned in a statement, “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.”

But it was Fassel’s seven seasons with the Giants that he cherished the most.

“It was a good time, a good time,” Fassel said in an interview with the Giants in 2014.

“People ask me, ‘Wasn’t the media horrible to you? No, I am friends with a lot of them. I respect the media. They have a job to do. I’ll tell you what, I was with (five) different franchises (including Baltimore, where he served as an assistant-Giants), but the Giants are how I learned to coach in the NFL, mostly of (the late General Manager and Professional Football Hall of Fame member) George Young. They handled it well. They put the marbles in a row to win. “

Fassel was the head coach of the New York team at the time of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He was at the forefront of the Giants’ efforts to help the city recover.

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“(Former Mayor Rudy) Giuliani’s office asked me if I could come for a walk and shake their hands and tell them we support all these guys,” Fassel said.

“I went there three or four days after and it was amazing. You stand there and this space is just wide open. I asked them, “What am I going to do? They said, “You can cheer them up. People recognize you, you can just support them.” That’s what I did. And it worked. This is how I got involved for the first time with firefighters. Even those from out of state, mostly some from California, recognized me, and I stopped and talked to them. “Haven’t slept in days, they were dirty. I was just like, ‘Thank you guys for what you’re doing here.’ You’re trying to do a little something for them. “



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