Tom Coughlin: Headed To Pro Football Hall Of Fame?


The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio, is where the football world’s greatest men are remembered forever. Only the best of the best get into the Hall of Fame, and many worthy candidates for enshrinement may never be inducted. Tom Coughlin has certainly earned himself consideration when his career is over, but has he done enough to get voted in?

Coughlin is a man who has committed his life to the game of football. Coughlin has a deep love for the game, it may be as valuable to him as oxygen and water. When considering his hall of fame worth, one must remember he has a lifetime worth of experiences in the football world.

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Coughlin has been part of coaching since he was a graduate assistant at Syracuse University. He has worked his way up as a position coach (and an offensive coordinator at Syracuse) to become a head coach in both College Football and the NFL.

Few people would guess that Coughlin first became a head coach at Rochester Institute of Technology. He was Boston College’s head coach from 1991-1993. I imagine that he liked the complete control that being a college coach provided.

He then became the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars were on the doorsteps of Super Bowl glory under Coughlin’s leadership, but they fell short in two AFC Championship games. The Jaguars went in a direction without Coughlin and are still trying to find the same success they had with him.

Coughlin then became the head coach of the New York Giants two years later. New York is where Coughlin’s legacy lies. He will always be remembered as a Giants man. From his time as part of Bill Parcells coaching staff to his storied run as the head coach of the Giants, Coughlin is a legend.

His coaching record is 164-140. His playoff record is 12-7. And while I could go on the whole he one a lot of football games speech, that’s not what is important. We know he won a lot of football games, we know he won two Super Bowls, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

Dec 7, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin leaves the field after his team defeated the Tennessee Titans 36-7 during the second half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

What is important is that he is one of the most awesome people in the NFL. He is a stern coach with a stoic poise that few can emulate. That being said he is also a really good mentor to football players and coaches alike. Coughlin is a role model, somebody we can admire and learn from.

There are three traits that Coughlin has more of than anybody else. He has more passion, he has more commitment and he has more experience than any of his peers. Coughlin is truly a once in a life time kind of guy, and that’s the kind of man that goes into the hall of fame.

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