Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel dies at 71

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EAST RUTHERFORD, UNITED STATES: New York Giants’ head coach Jim Fassel is lifted onto the shoulders of players after his team defeated the Minnesota Vikings 41-0 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford 14 January 2001. The Giants will take on the AFC Champion at the Super Bowl in Tampa Florida 28 January 2001. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via 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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