Jim fassel – the former NFL head coach who led the NY Giants to Super Bowl XXXV – has passed… and his former star player, Michael strahan, is heartbroken.
Fassel died Monday in Las Vegas after suffering a heart attack from chest pain, his son, John, said to Los Angeles Times.
And, when Strahan was asked about his former trainer on “Good Morning America” Tuesday… the ex-pass rusher explained that he was devastated to learn of the passing.
“Just a great man, a great coach,” Strahan said of Fassel. “And, he will be missed. But, I was really shocked this morning to hear this news and just wanted to send my love and condolences to his family.”
Strahan continued, “Great man. I enjoyed every minute with him as a coach and after my career when we continued to keep in touch and talk.”
Fassel joined the Giants as an assistant coach in 1991 and later became the head coach in 1997, when he won NFL Coach of the Year honors.
Fassel ultimately took Strahan and the G-Men to Super Bowl XXXV in the 2000 season… where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
Fassel was fired in 2003 after racking up a career record 58-53-1 … but he still became offensive coordinator for the Ravens before ending his coaching career as head of United’s Las Vegas locomotives. Football League. .