LThe National Football League (NFL) confirmed the death of the former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel, who could not overcome a heart attack.
Fassel, 71, who lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, died of a heart attack while under sedation after being taken to the hospital on Monday with chest pains, according to the information his son offered to the newspaper Los Angeles Times, which was the first medium to publicize his death.
Jim Fassel was head coach of the Giants from 1997 to 2003 and guided the team to three spots in the playoffs. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1997.
Under his leadership, the New York team lost Super Bowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7 in January 2001., having concluded the regular season as National Conference (NFC) champions with a 12-4 record. His career as the head coach of the Giants left him 58-53-1. Those 58 victories rank fourth in the ranking of most wins among the 19 coaches in the 96-year history of the franchise.
“Jim was a good man and his coaching record speaks for itself. Jim distinguished himself in the way he led our team and dedicated his efforts to the firefighters and other families after the 9/11 tragedy. The players respected Jim and enjoyed playing for him and his coaching staff.. And we appreciate his seven years at the helm of our team, “the Giants statement reads.
Besides coaching the Giants, Fassel was an NFL assistant longtime offensive coordinator roles with the Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Ravens. Fassel He also coached in college football, coaching Utah for four years from 1985 to 1989.
The NFL, through an official statement, offered condolences to Fassel’s family and highlighted the great ethics and professionalism that the former Giants coach had always maintained on and off the field.