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Tom Coughlin loses his brother after accident


When I noticed earlier today that the younger brother of Giants coach Tom Coughlin recently had died, I added the item to the list of stories to get posted at some point in the near future.

When I noticed tonight the circumstances, the story shot to the top of the stack.

As explained by Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger, 63-year-old John Coughlin tripped and fell after Sunday’s game between the Broncos and the Giants.  John Coughlin had arrived at his Hackensack apartment, and he had just paid his cab fare.  He suffered a head injury and brain swelling.

The next morning, Tom Coughlin learned that his brother was on life support.

Two days later, Coughlin was back at work.

Via defensive lineman Justin Tuck, Tom Coughlin told the players “that time on this earth is precious and don’t allow yourself to think otherwise. . . . Then he went right into the game plan.”

Coughlin will remain on the job this week, with a key game coming up in Charlotte.

“It’s tough, but has to be done,” said receiver Victor Cruz, whose grandmother died last year during football season.  “We’re counting on him and he’s counting on us.”

For Coughlin, football will help distract him from the constant reminder that his brother is gone.  And Coughlin will grieve when he can find the time to grieve.

He’ll grieve in his own way, for now honoring his brother’s memory by respecting the notion that our time is indeed precious.  Coughlin spends most of his time doing something he loves, and that’s undoubtedly what his brother would want him to keep doing.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to Coach Coughlin, his family, and to John Coughlin’s friends and colleagues.

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60 Responses to “Tom Coughlin loses his brother after accident”
  1. truthfactory says: Sep 18, 2013 9:55 PM

    Geeze, this is terrible. Thoughts and prayers to coach Caughlin and his family.

  2. packmangamble says: Sep 18, 2013 9:57 PM

    Tom, as a Packer fan our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!

  3. h3min1230 says: Sep 18, 2013 9:57 PM

    damn, all bad..

  4. dropkickbanana says: Sep 18, 2013 10:00 PM

    That’s tough, and he’s right. Appreciate the family and friends you have in your life. They are always taken away so quickly. My heart goes out to Tom and the Coughlin family.

  5. aljack88 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:01 PM

    thoughts and prayers, also.

  6. sabatimus says: Sep 18, 2013 10:02 PM

    Work may be the best thing for Tom right now. So sorry, this is terrible.

  7. doomsdaydefensetx says: Sep 18, 2013 10:02 PM

    Tom Coughlin is one tough cat. As a Cowboys fan I got nothing but respect for him. Sorry for you loss Tom.

  8. nedisakoff says: Sep 18, 2013 10:06 PM

    Of all the lessons life has taught me in my 35 years, the most important id this: anything can change at any moment for any reason.

    Enjoy life while you can. RIP Mr. John Coughlin.

  9. rboutote says: Sep 18, 2013 10:07 PM

    Rest in peace.

  10. cags777 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:09 PM

    Awful news. Thoughts and prayers go to Coughlin and his family.

  11. flavadave10 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:10 PM

    Some things are more important than football. I hope Tom finds the time to grief.

  12. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Sep 18, 2013 10:11 PM

    Wow, that’s terrible. I’ll tip my hat to coach Coughlin, that’s one emotionally strong guy. Thoughts are with the family.

  13. fdugrad says: Sep 18, 2013 10:14 PM

    Jeez, awful for Coach C. to lose his brother, through this tragic accident.

  14. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 18, 2013 10:15 PM

    So sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with Coach Coughlin and his family and friends, and John’s family and friends. This is a tragic situation. My friend’s father similarly passed.

  15. southernpatriots says: Sep 18, 2013 10:21 PM

    I am so sorry to learn of this. My thoughts and prayers to Coach Coughlin, his family, and friends, as well as to his brother John’s family and friends. A dear friend passed similarly a few years ago.

  16. harvarddent says: Sep 18, 2013 10:23 PM

    Deepest sympathy for your lost.

  17. wnstonchill says: Sep 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    Prayers to the Coughlin family. Such a tragic thing to have happen…….

  18. govtminion says: Sep 18, 2013 10:25 PM

    I continue to find that Coughlin is a pretty impressive guy, and that he’s burying himself in his work right now in this time of tragedy is something that, with my own going on right now, I find inspiration in. Sorry to hear the awful news, but I’m glad he’s handling it well at least (or as well as one can handle something like that).

  19. beerinmybelly says: Sep 18, 2013 10:28 PM

    Man, that is terrible news. Thoughts with the Coughlins this week for sure.

  20. orivar says: Sep 18, 2013 10:29 PM

    Giants have their backs against the way and Coughlin lost his brother?

    ..I feel bad for the Panthers. They have a good front seven and have lost close games but it looks like they’ll be going 0-3.

  21. chicagogiantsfan says: Sep 18, 2013 10:32 PM

    Condolences and prayers to Coach Coughlin and the entire Coughlin family. Kind of puts the “games” in perspective.

  22. mrf47 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:34 PM

    RIP. I’m very sorry to hear of the Coughlins’ loss.

  23. nyjetsfan08 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:36 PM

    He’s stronger than me. I’m so sorry for his loss. I can only imagine how he must feel.

  24. 69finfan says: Sep 18, 2013 10:49 PM

    Condolences to you, Tom Coughlin and to your family. God bless.

  25. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 18, 2013 10:49 PM

    My sympathy goes out to Coach Coughlin and his family on their loss.

  26. yukon13 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:50 PM

    R.I.P. John Coughlin

  27. bookofelisha10 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:53 PM

    if the giants cant find the a way to get hyped up for this game and play like they want to win ..even though its only week 3– they should all be fired. from eli down to the kicker

  28. surfoside4life says: Sep 18, 2013 11:00 PM

    Motivation to get this season back on track. Big blue for life

  29. easywolf says: Sep 18, 2013 11:01 PM

    God Bless

  30. vottorific says: Sep 18, 2013 11:04 PM

    Very nicely put Mike.

  31. edithpiaf51 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:07 PM

    My prayers and condolesences go out to Tom Coughlin and his family. May God bless him and his family during this difficult time.

  32. redrocker77 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:08 PM

    Many thoughts and prayers from J-Ville for the entire Coughlin family.

  33. minhzy says: Sep 18, 2013 11:08 PM

    My prayers are with him and his family. Such a terrible tragedy.

  34. gmenfan1982 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    Wow that is incredibly awful. I feel terrible for coach.

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 18, 2013 11:13 PM

    I take back all the bad things I’ve said about Coughlin. Which is all the things I’ve said about Coughlin.

  36. dirtybird28 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:19 PM

    Always a class act. RIP

  37. catfish252 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:25 PM

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family Coach Coughlin.

  38. mancave001 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:25 PM

    We here in Philly saw a Big Red go through the same thing with his son. It seems pretty apparent that it affected him in his work. From all Eagles fans to coach C, hang in there.

  39. nonetruerthanblue says: Sep 18, 2013 11:29 PM

    This is extremely sad. Condolences to the Coughlin family.

  40. skoobyfl says: Sep 18, 2013 11:33 PM

    I’m not much for the Gents but Tom deserves a moment of respect, God bless your family & strength.

  41. cliffknotes says: Sep 18, 2013 11:44 PM

    I send my prayers out to the Coughlin family. What a tragic loss. Much respect to Tom for being able to go out and continue to perform the demanding job of an NFL head coach.

  42. Fantasy Football Delivery Man says: Sep 18, 2013 11:49 PM

    Sorry to hear this.

  43. woodrree7 says: Sep 19, 2013 12:03 AM

    thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family coach

  44. arcaero says: Sep 19, 2013 12:05 AM

    Condolences for your loss, Coach Coughlin.

    May your brother rest in peace.

  45. dametcalf says: Sep 19, 2013 12:14 AM

    God Bless, Mr. Coughlin. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  46. carussel88 says: Sep 19, 2013 12:41 AM

    I really hope the giants make the playoffs….

  47. nevernudetobias says: Sep 19, 2013 12:49 AM

    I have a ridiculous amount of respect for Coach Coughlin. When he’s finished with his career, they need to play Sinatra’s “My Way” as he walks off the field. Sad to hear about his loss. Something tells me his team, staff and family will puck him up. Thoughts and prayers.

    -Packers fan who knows first hand how talented he is.

  48. commonsensedude says: Sep 19, 2013 12:51 AM

    Terrible news. Deep condolences to the Coughlin family.

  49. godblessfootball says: Sep 19, 2013 12:57 AM

    My deepest sympathies coach Coughlin, to you and your entire family.

  50. fm31970 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:19 AM

    Very sad news, and very true what Tom Coughlin said.

  51. jjbadd385 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:28 AM

    Wow…Sorry for Coach Coughlin…my deepest sympathy for him..Prayers to you and your family Coach…

  52. riverhorsey says: Sep 19, 2013 1:29 AM

    Tragic story, Coughlin is a good guy and one hell of a coach.

  53. bofh69 says: Sep 19, 2013 1:30 AM

    Amen. We lost our 20 month old granddaughter to a freak accident head injury in January. Our prayers are with you and your family coach.

  54. defscottyb says: Sep 19, 2013 2:39 AM

    That is such a heartbreaking story, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Coughlin family. I am a Redskins fan but I have alot of respect for Tom Coughlin as a coach. RIP

  55. truthserum4u says: Sep 19, 2013 2:44 AM

    Something similar happened to the actress Natasha Richardson I believe. She fell while skiing and hit her head. Nobody thought anything of it at the time.

    Such stinging irony that something so freakish should happen off the field from brain trauma with all the concern & lawsuits over head injuries for people wearing helmets on it. Sad.

    Thoughts and prayers go to those affected by his passing.

  56. arctantheta says: Sep 19, 2013 5:01 AM

    sorry for your loss, coach, best wishes to you and yours

  57. censoredagain says: Sep 19, 2013 5:18 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the Coughlin family

  58. longcutskolvikes says: Sep 19, 2013 7:24 AM

    Time on this earth is indeed precious. Try to do a good turn for someone else today, and remember to show affection to your loved ones.

  59. exboomer says: Sep 19, 2013 7:57 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Coughlin and his family.

  60. eagles83 says: Sep 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    Condolences to the Coughlin family.

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