Per Sam Farmer, former Giants HC Jim Fassel has passed away at the age of 71.
His son, John Fassel, who currently is the special teams coordinator for the Cowboys, told Farmer his father had a heart attack on Monday.
Fassel played quarterback at Long Beach State and was a seventh-round pick by the Bears in 1972. After a short playing career, he got into coaching with the Hawaiians of the World Football League.
After many years coaching in college and the USFL, Fassel got his first NFL job as the offensive coordinator for the Giants in 1991. Following stints with the Broncos, Cardinals and Raiders as an assistant, Fassel returned to New York as the head coach in 1997 and held the position through 2003.
After being let go by the Giants, Fassel worked for the Ravens and was the head coach of the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives for four years before retiring.
During his seven years as the Giants head coach, Fassel compiled a 58-53-1 record (52.2 percent), and three playoff appearances, including a run to the Super Bowl in 2000.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fassel’s family and loved ones during this time.