Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Head Coach Tom Coughlin Profiled On NFL Network’s A Football Life; NFL Films-Produced Series Continues Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 PM ET
“When people are sick or in need, that’s when his emotions, his faith, his strength shows the most.” – Judy Coughlin
NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues with a profile of two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin. Premiering Wednesday, September 26 at 8:00 PM ET, Tom Coughlin: A Football Life explores the fiery and detail-oriented head coach on the field, and the compassionate, caring husband, father, grandfather and friend away from the game.
The one-hour episode chronicles Coughlin’s career as a football coach, beginning with the time he spent as head coach at the Division-III Rochester Institute of Technology, to the various positions held with Boston College, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers, and as the first head coach in Jacksonville Jaguars franchise history.
Coughlin’s off-field life is also detailed, highlighting his relationship with his wife of more than 45 years Judy Coughlin, time spent with his four children and 11 grandchildren, and the incredible impact he has had on his former players and peers.
The episode also explores Coughlin’s relationship with the New York media and his devotion to his charity, The Jay Fund, which he started following the death of his former player Jay McGillis at Boston College and benefits families whose children have been diagnosed with leukemia.
Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.
Tom Coughlin’s football life story is told through interviews with Coughlin and individuals close to him, including:
Judy Coughlin – Tom’s wife
Kate Snee – Tom’s daughter
Bill Parcells – Former New York Giants head coach
Michael Strahan – Former New York Giants defensive end
Jim Boeheim – Syracuse University men’s basketball coach
Larry Csonka – Hall of Fame running back
Fred Taylor – Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back
Ernie Accorsi – Former New York Giants general manager
Doug Flutie – Played for Tom Coughlin at Boston College, 1981-83
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Following are select quotes from Tom Coughlin: A Football Life:
- “When people are sick or in need, that’s when his emotions, his faith, his strength shows the most.” – Judy Coughlin
- “I’ve gone from a guy who wouldn’t play for him for one year, to a guy who wouldn’t play for anybody else if I had to go back and play football. He wants to win. That’s his bottom line, and he’s had to change his methods to get there. I’m glad he changed it, that we were able to get to the mountaintop with him.” – Michael Strahan
- “When you win in New York, it’s something special and the people never forget you.” – Bill Parcells
- “At Syracuse, he kept notes on everything. [He is the] first person I ever saw in athletics that kept notes on everything. A few years later after I left Tommy’s presence, I met a guy that was just like that. His name was [Don] Shula.” – Larry Csonka
- “I could be rude [with the media]. I could pull some of the [Bill] Parcells stuff, but I couldn’t get away with it. I wasn’t Parcells. They make light of it, but they’re not making light of it with me.” – Tom Coughlin on his relationship with the New York media early in his Giants head coaching tenure
- “When John Madden calls you, it brings it right to mind again that that’s really what football is: it’s sport. What is sport all about? We’re trying to win. That’s what this league is about, is competitive greatness and always putting your best foot forward.” – Coughlin
Below is the September and October broadcast schedule for A Football Life, airing on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET:
• October 3 – Cleveland ‘95
• October 10 – Fearsome Foursome
• October 17 – Steve McNair
• October 24 – Eddie DeBartolo
• October 31 – Chris Spielman
Airing throughout the NFL season, A Football Life examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.
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