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RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 10:46 AM
MEMORY OF BOSTON COLLEGE'S JAY MCGILLIS LIVES ON IN THE HEARTS OF NY GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLNI AND OTHER LOVED ONES (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/memory-boston-college-jay-mcgillis-lives-hearts-ny-giants-coach-tom-coughlin-loved-article-1.1105548)

Excerpt: "Twenty years after
Boston College safety Jay McGillis died of leukemia, his memory remains
intertwined in countless lives, most notably Tom Coughlin's. In his name,
Coughlin established The Jay Fund. It has allotted $3.5 million in grants to
families suffering through cancer's financial costs."
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"The sun shone brightly on the morning of July 7, 1992, as mourners emerged
from cars outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church, a red brick, one-story building
with a pitched roof 20 miles south of Boston. It was a Tuesday following a
tortuous holiday weekend. Family and friends, dressed in dark suits and black
dresses, negotiated their way into narrow wooden pews. They genuflected and
folded hands in prayer as Boston College safety Jay McGillis’ funeral mass
commenced.</p>


McGillis, diagnosed with leukemia that November, died four days earlier. In
seven months, he had lost 75 pounds, his red hair and, finally, his life.
Resigned to death after his body rejected a bone marrow transplant from his
oldest brother Michael, McGillis returned home for his final 48 hours, lying in
bed, not speaking or communicating. Kathy, his oldest sister, sat to the left of
his bed on the second floor of the family’s two-story house, holding his hand as
he inhaled, then let out his last breath. Fireworks went off outside. She ran
down the hall, opened her calendar book and penned an entry:</p>


“I will never let him leave my heart. Please stay with me forever Jay — I
need you.”</p>


Supporters, including his coach, Tom Coughlin, then 45 and fresh off his
first season at BC, a 4-7 campaign, had offered around-the-clock support. Now
more than 3,000 gathered to remember the 21-year-old McGillis. From the 15th
row, to the right of the altar, Fran Foley, BC’s director of operations, looked
at Coughlin, a rigid, red-faced disciplinarian whose staff referred to him as
“The Iron General.” When the mahogany casket was rolled down the center aisle,
Foley’s eyes met Coughlin’s.</p>


“It was the first time I realized Tom was human,” Foley says.</p>


Twenty years on, McGillis’ memory remains intertwined in countless lives,
most notably Tom Coughlin’s. Kathy keeps the worn, sweat-stained baseball hat
her brother donned during chemotherapy, replete with the red hair he lost to the
treatment. The No. 31 he wore at BC is quietly retired, worn only on senior day,
and his wooden stall is still preserved in the locker room. In his name,
Coughlin established The Jay Fund. It has allotted $3.5 million in grants to
families suffering through cancer’s financial costs.</p>

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Coughlin has witnessed what he calls “Jay Miracles,” watching a boy with a
brain tumor write poetry for him and a young lady live through cancer that
spread to her spine only to survive and earn a scholarship. Around his neck,
beneath his buttoned shirt, Coughlin wears a worn medal given to him by
McGillis’ mother, Pat. St. Michael the Archangel marks one side, a Guardian
Angel covers the other. Only the chain has been replaced over the
years." Read more...
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RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 10:47 AM
A little insight into who Tom Coughlin, the person, is.

FBomb
07-01-2012, 10:50 AM
Seriously. if I ever get down on The General again.....somebody just shoot me in the face.</P>


That long line of volunteers starts here.......</P>

RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 10:54 AM
If you can get through this entire article emotionless, call 911.

DownWitJPP
07-01-2012, 02:10 PM
excellent article, If you have a few minutes everyone on this board should read this.

talks about life, sports, and Tom Coughlin's bond with Jay

gives some insight as to who Tom Coughlin is as a person, not just the head coach of the Giants.

RoanokeFan
07-01-2012, 04:41 PM
excellent article, If you have a few minutes everyone on this board should read this.

talks about life, sports, and Tom Coughlin's bond with Jay

gives some insight as to who Tom Coughlin is as a person, not just the head coach of the Giants.

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