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Once upon a time, Tom Coughlin was just another running back pleading for carries

Tom Coughlin AP

We take a quick detour in what is sure to be a sssslow NFL Friday before Memorial Day weekend to journey into a time where Tom Coughlin was a college football player.

Coughlin played wing back at Syracuse in the 1960’s and two future Hall of Famers were ahead of him on the depth chart: Floyd Little and Larry Csonka.  Little, who is still close with Coughlin, said the Giants coach was like any backup running back.  He wanted the ball more.

“Tom used to come into the huddle and say, ‘When am I going to carry the ball?’” Little told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “The same answer always came back: Why would we let you carry the ball when we have me and Csonka back here? Are you crazy?”

Apparently, Coughlin would get so upset that it tipped off their opponents.

“You knew he wasn’t carrying the ball because he was always mad,” Little said, laughing.

We can only hope that a Giants running back will bring up this story to Coughlin the next time they feel underused.

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10 Responses to “Once upon a time, Tom Coughlin was just another running back pleading for carries”
  1. danimalk82 says: May 27, 2011 10:38 AM

    Hahaha that’s funny/interesting. Go find more of these stories to keep me entertained.

  2. xtb3 says: May 27, 2011 10:38 AM

    And he is still mad!

  3. bluefan204 says: May 27, 2011 10:40 AM

    I wonder if his face turned 4 shades of purple, even back then…

  4. mike83ri says: May 27, 2011 10:40 AM

    So that’s why after Eli throws a pick he starts raging on the sideline. He just wants the ball more.

  5. monsterscream says: May 27, 2011 11:37 AM

    great pic of the dynamic (trio) duo:

    http://www.profootballhof.com/UserFiles/image/LittleCassataCouglinCsonka_650a.jpg

  6. dexterismyhero says: May 27, 2011 1:16 PM

    @monsterscream says:
    May 27, 2011 11:37 AM
    great pic of the dynamic (trio) duo:

    ================================And no mention of the middle guy….that is great…..imagine how pissed he was then….

  7. dickmac says: May 27, 2011 1:19 PM

    monsterscream: Great photo- the QB in it is Rick Cassata, from North Tonawanda NY High School – he played in Canada, and now runs a bar.

  8. wferg1121 says: May 27, 2011 1:39 PM

    Coughlin is a great coach, unlike some people I totally enjoyed him destroying Matt Dodge (punter) for kicking the ball in bounds.. That was the highlight of that Eagle game if you are a Giants fan. I think every fan was screaming at the TV WTF are you doing, and then to see coughlin practically say the same thing was great.

  9. marvsleezy says: May 27, 2011 1:41 PM

    Best head football coach in the history of Rochester Institute of Technology – Too bad they got rid of the program.

  10. bsizemore68 says: May 27, 2011 5:49 PM

    It had to be hard to get playing time behind those guys. Bill

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