In our lives, we all likely come across people that play a major role in both our professional and personal development. This is true in many scenarios, particularly the world of sports, which can see relationships develop between teammates or between players and coaches. This seems to have been the case for Hall of Fame defensive end and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan and former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel. Unfortunately, Fassel passed away at the age of 71 in Las Vegas earlier this week after suffering a heart attack following chest pains. Now, Strahan is setting aside some time to mourn and honor his former coach.
The retired Michael Strahan took the time to say a few words about former NFL coach Jim Fassel during a Good Morning America broadcast. Strahan expressed his shock about learning of Fassel’s death and extended his thoughts and condolences to Jim Fassel’s family. He also spoke briefly about what it was like to play for him:
Great man. I enjoyed every minute with him as my coach and after my career when we continued to stay in touch and talk.
Before becoming a coach, Jim Fassel was a player himself, having served as a quarterback at Fullerton College, USC and Long Beach State before being drafted by the Chicago Bears during the 1972 NFL Draft. During a stint with The Hawaiians of the World Football League, became an assistant coach with the team. From there, he would climb the collegiate football coaching ranks and work with various schools in various positions. He would eventually join up with the New York Giants in 1991 as the quarterback coach and was later promoted to offensive coordinator in 1992.
Though he would leave the team by 1993, Jim Fassel would return to the Giants as its head coach in 1997, during which he would work alongside a young Michael Strahan. Fassel would remain with the organization until 2003 and, during his tenure, he would earn the NFL Coach of the Year award.
Given their relationship both on and off the football field, you can’t help but appreciate Michael Strahan sharing some kind words for his late coach. You can check out Strahan’s full sentiments on Jim Fassel’s passing in the GMA clip down below:
After his tenure with the Giants, Jim Fassel went on to join the Baltimore Ravens as senior offensive consultant and offensive coordinator. He would close out his coaching career as the head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct UFL. In the later years of his career, he also made a name for himself as a broadcaster.
Michael Strahan’s words were a short and sweet summation of his relationship with Jim Fassel and the man’s legacy. New York Giants die-hards are likely to follow him in honoring the late coach and sending their best to his family.
We here at CinemaBlend extend our thoughts to the loved ones of Jim Fassel during this time.