GIANTS' COACH TOM COUGHLIN TO RECEIVE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD
"For years, Tom Coughlin has honored the servicemen and women who, as he likes
to put it, allow us to "sleep under the blanket of freedom."
This month, one branch of the military will return the favor by honoring the
On May 23, Coughlin will be one of five recipients of the Outstanding
Civilian Service Award, the third-highest public
service honor the U.S. Army can bestow upon a civilian. The award will be
presented to Coughlin by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the current Chief of Staff of
the Army, a Dover native, an avid Giants fan and a close friend of Coughlin, at
Quarters One (the home of the Army Chief of Staff) in Arlington, Va.
Among the others scheduled to be honored that day are: Ravens coach John
Harbaugh and Bob Delaney, a Paterson native and former NBA referee who now works
with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Coughlin is being recognized for his work with active military personnel,
such as his taking part in the NFL-USO Coaches Tour of the Persian Gulf three
years ago, and his acknowledging veterans, as he does each Veterans Day by
inviting Wounded Warriors to practice and to that week's game. In 2008, Coughlin
took the team to Walter Reed Medical Center before the visit to the White House,
where they were honored by then-President Bush. The team is planning to involve
service members in this year's visit as well.
Coughlin, who shows
reverence toward the troops during each game's National Anthem, has also
welcomed Lt. Col. Greg Gadson into the Giants' inner circle since former
assistant coach Mike Sullivan introduced Gadson to the team in 2007.
Gadson, who lost both of his legs in Iraq, will remain an inspirational
presence for the Giants, despite Sullivan's joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers'
staff this offseason. Gadson also has a a role in the movie Battleship
and will attend the premiere aboard the USS Intrepid on Tuesday. Justin Tuck is
scheduled to attend the screening."