A somber day yesterday at the Giants’ facility as Tom Coughlin spoke to the team about the sudden death of his younger brother, John, who passed away on Monday in Hackensack.
Eli Manning: “He informed the team today, so obviously his family has been in our thoughts and prayers and obviously it’s tough on the coach when you lose a loved one, lose a family member, especially his only brother. He’ll obviously deal with that, but he’s been focused on getting us ready to play this game.”
Antrel Rolle: “We’re all family here. If coach has a loss, we all deal with a loss. We’re here for him and our condolences go out to coach and the rest of his family. There’s no better time now than to go get a win and just lift his spirits up, as well as ours.”
Justin Tuck: “Anytime you have to heal somebody in your circle, whether it’s a coach or player, whatever it may be, going through a hardship, you always want to do your part to pick them up. If that’s winning a football game or that’s saying a kind word, whatever it may be, you always have to try your best to pick their spirits up. That’s what they did for me, and obviously, I was better for it. Any way I can return the favor or we as a football team can return the favor, we need to jump on doing that.”
Coughlin will work all week here, then travel with the team to Carolina. On Monday he will join his family in upstate Seneca Falls, NY for memorial services. The funeral for John Coughlin will take place in Waterloo, the family’s hometown, on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that those be made in John’s memory to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, P.O. Box 50798, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32240.
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