Since the old school coach took the offseason between 2006 and 2007 to look at himself in the proverbial mirror, no one can say that Tom Coughlin isn’t a true leader in New York Giants pride. Examples need to be given by anyone claiming that this man doesn’t exemplify what the Giants' organization stands for.
On Monday, the 67 year-old coach lost his brother John unexpectedly. Aside from making a brief announcement about it, he made the conscious choice to stay with his team and ride out the game planning for Week 3’s meeting against the Carolina Panthers. Coughlin has yet to walk away, even briefly, from Big Blue — no matter the circumstances. This type of approach to a job is rare and on many levels, sacrificial. He’d be sure to be lost without the game in his life; it’s who he is.
Coach juggles family with football, but doesn’t always speak about it publicly, unless asked. Giants.com’s Michael Eisen also realized that he is a unique personality in this day and age as far as his loyalty to team.
“It’s an emotional tug of war is probably the best way to say it. You drift back and forth between your family and your brother and even my wife (Judy) was very close to John and is close to all my sisters. So you’re not there for anybody, to be honest with you. But that’s understood, they all understand that," Coughlin told Giants.com. “Monday was a day in which the initial shock for me was at about five in the morning, going over to the hospital and seeing John and then listening to the doctors and their options and then going back in the afternoon and having my sisters there. We all were in there together. Then the doctors came by, the neurosurgeons, and they went further with the explanation and then we went back Monday night to say goodbye.
It was that, and then you’re trying to get as much information as you can about the next opponent and you’re trying to go ahead and take care of things that you do. My parents are gone, I’m the oldest, so you understand where the responsibility goes. So I do that and do the best I can here with the guys. Fortunately, I have a veteran staff that’s been with me for a long time and they were told very early in the week what was going on and they’ve gone ahead and forged out and done the best they can with it.”
Tom Coughlin let down that guard after 2006 and let not only the Giants’ players see his human side, but he let many of the fans in, too. He’s a man passionate about football, but also about his family, his faith, the military and his foundation (The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation) that helps families of/children battling cancer in need. He lives by everything he puts before and expects of his team.
The 17th coach in New York Giants history will no doubt have a bust in Canton, Ohio in the future as his accomplishments in blue speak for themselves. What many refuse to see are the silent ones in blue that coach continues to earn respectfully.
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