Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel dies at 71

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 28: Head Coach Jim Fassel of the New York Giants talks to the media during a press conference prior to playing the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV January 28, 2001 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida . The Ravens won the game 34-7. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jim Fassel, a former coach of the New York Giants who was named NFL coach of the year in 1997 and led the team to the 2001 Super Bowl, has died. He was 71.

Fassel’s son, John, confirmed the death to the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Fassel coached the Giants from 1997-2003, leading the team to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season. The Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Fassel was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas with chest pains and died of a heart attack.

Fassel played college football before a brief career in the NFL and Canadian football. He was also part of the coaching staffs at Denver, Oakland, Arizona and Baltimore, as well as head coach at the University of Utah.


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