Tom Coughlin’s reign as head coach of the New York Giants ended on Monday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, and many of his former players poured their hearts out in farewell.
Former Big Blue defensive end Justin Tuck had the most touching message, which included stories of Coughlin sleeping at the practice facility:
As I sit back and reflect on Coach Tom Coughlin, I remember all the one on ones in your office talking football, game plan, etc. I think back to when I was named captain and I used to try and beat you to the facility. I would get there at 6, you where there. [sic] I got there at 530 and you were there. 5 am... I knew I would beat you then.. NOPE YOU WERE THERE. I remember feeling the hood of your car and it was cold. Come to find out there were nights you slept in the office. No one worked harder, no one demanded more and I LOVE YOU for it. I chose this picture for one reason and one reason only. Everyone knows you for your dedication to your team and how intense you are on the football field. But I will remember you for helping me become a man and challenging all of us to be better husbands and fathers and men. You did it the right way Coach. And you might be retiring from coaching but I'm sure this isn't a goodbye. That's not in your nature. #halloffame #5minutesearly #areyoush--tingme
Victor Cruz called Coughlin “the realest coach” he’s ever played for, and praised him for teaching his players about leadership:
Linebacker Devon Kennard only played under Coughlin for two years, but he said he learned a lot from the league’s oldest coach:
Odell Beckham Jr. chimed in, too:
After making the playoffs just once (2011, when the Giants won the Super Bowl) in the past seven seasons, it’s probably best for both the team and coach to part ways.
Still, Coughlin will be missed by players and fans alike.