In a shocking announcement on Jan. 4, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin revealed that he is stepping down from the position after 12 seasons and two Superbowl victories. Here are 5 other things to know about the legendary coach.
Wow, we didn’t see this coming! Tom Coughlin, 69, stepped down from his position as head coach of the New York Giants on Jan. 4. The NFL legend lead the team to the Superbowl twice, clinching two rings, and was their fearless leader for 12 seasons. Here are 5 facts about the head coach that make him so awesome.
Tom stepped down as head coach for the NY Giants on Jan. 4, one day after their season ended with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 3. “I met with (co-owners) John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” Coughlin said in a statement. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.” This comes after a dismal season for the team. However, a rough year doesn’t mean that Tom’s career wasn’t amazing. Here are 5 things that make him an NFL legend.
1. He was the first head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL’s expansion that created the team in 1995 brought Tom in as it’s inaugural head coach, and he lead the fresh team to two AFC Championship games.
2. At age 69, he was the oldest coach in the NFL. Now that he’s retired, Pete Carroll of the Seahawks replaces him at 64-years-old. Rival Bill Belichick isn’t far behind at age 63.
3. He has a heart of gold. Tom started the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation in 1996. The “Jay” part was in honor of a player he coached at Boston College, Jay McGillism, after he developed and died from leukemia. In October 2015, they raised $1.5 million at their Champions for Children Gala in New York, with the money going toward helping the families of children diagnosed with cancer.
4. The Giants have only ever won four Superbowls, and three of them were under the direction of Tom. He was head coach for the two Superbowls against the New England Patriots in 2007 and 2011, but he was also the wide receiver’s coach for the team when they won the 1990 Superbowl. They sure owe him a lot!
5. He has molded Eli Manning into the best quarterback the Giants have ever had, and one of the best QB’s in the NFL. Eli may be the Giant’s star player, but that might be because Tom was the only head coach he has ever played for. Tom worked him very hard, but Eli teared up talking about him just before the announcement because he respects him so much. This just proves how amazing of a coach he was!
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