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    GIANTS' COACH HUMBLED BY HONOR FROM ARMY

    GIANTS' COACH HUMBLED BY HONOR FROM ARMY

    "Tom Coughlin’s Year to Remember got even more memorable here last night when
    the Giants’ admittedly star-struck coach was honored for his dedication to the
    U.S. Army.


    Although still reveling in his second Super Bowl crown in five years,
    Coughlin was both humbled and, at times, speechless as Army Chief of Staff
    Raymond T. Odierno — a noted Big Blue fan from Dover, N.J. — toasted him and
    four others near Arlington National Cemetery for their volunteer work with the
    military.




    Coughlin wasn’t the only NFL head coach honored during a theatrical annual
    fort ceremony called Twilight Tattoo — the Ravens’ John Harbaugh also was on
    hand to be recognized — but the usually gruff Giants boss admitted he was almost
    moved to tears by his Outstanding Civilian Service Award.

    “When the general was standing there reading off that stuff about me, it was
    almost like I was saying to myself, ‘Who’s he talking about?’ ’’ Coughlin told
    The Post after the hour-long celebration overlooking the Washington Monument and
    the Capitol Building.


    “It was unbelievable to me,” continued Coughlin, who was accompanied to the
    event by wife Judy. “The patriotism just came pouring out of me with all of the
    pomp and circumstance and standing there next to a four-star general. That’s
    what you call humbling.”




    The Army honored Coughlin for allowing soldiers and the families to attend
    practices and games, for repeatedly visiting wounded soldiers at both Walter
    Reed Medical Center and other installations and for flying to Iraq in 2009 as
    part of a USO tour with John Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher and Jon
    Gruden.




    Odierno noted the awkwardness of honoring the coach of the Giants in the
    backyard of the NFC East rival Redskins, but Coughlin received nothing but loud
    applause and picture requests from a large crowd made up mostly of civilians and
    schoolchildren bused in from Ohio, North Carolina and elsewhere.




    The Giants had an on-field OTA workout earlier yesterday at their Meadowlands
    complex, but Coughlin said that wasn’t going to keep him from accepting an award
    that Odierno had told him six months ago would be coming.




    “I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish a lot in my coaching career, but
    this stacks right up there,” Coughlin said. “This means the world to me.”




    Attending the ceremony was even more special to Coughlin because he is a huge
    military history buff, and Fort Myer is the traditional home of the Army Chief
    of Staff.




    Coughlin could barely contain his awe at being honored just yards from where
    former chiefs of staff Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and
    John Pershing all lived.




    “Just thinking about that aspect of it blows me away,” said Coughlin, who
    will be back in the area June 8 along with his players and staff to be honored
    by President Obama at the White House for their Super Bowl win.




    Last night’s elaborate ceremony almost didn’t come off — at least not
    outdoors — thanks to a heavy thunderstorm that struck the base just minutes
    before the event was scheduled to begin.




    But after a roughly 40-minute delay, the show went on — featuring everything
    from an artillery salute to soldiers reenacting moments from the Revolutionary
    War and Vietnam.




    Odierno, who became Chief of Staff last September and has visited the Giants
    numerous times, seemed at times almost as in awe of Coughlin as Coughlin was of
    the four-star general.




    “You’re talking about someone who has really dedicated himself over a long
    period of time to caring about our soldiers and their families,” Onierno told
    The Post. “His dedication to the military is quite significant.”




    Asked jokingly if the fact he also bleeds Giant blue had anything to do with
    Coughlin’s award, Odierno smiled and shook his head.




    “Absolutely nothing to do with that,” he said. “Absolutely everything to do
    with what he’s done for the military.”

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    Re: GIANTS' COACH HUMBLED BY HONOR FROM ARMY

    It is well deserved (Obviously).


    Coughlin's story here is an amazing one. When he first came in there was almost a mutiny the day of their first game against the Eagles. Then Strahan and a lot of the other guys came around, and now, dare I say it, Coughlin is loved by his players.

    Sure, he changed his ways a little bit, but I also think he struck a chord with these guys, and they have bought into his way of doing it.

    TC really cares about others, and even though he has seemed like an Angry/Mean guy sometimes, there definitely is another side to him as evidenced by the work he has done with the Jay Fund, and with the coaches groups (Him, Fisher & Gruden specifically) going to visit the troops.

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    Re: GIANTS' COACH HUMBLED BY HONOR FROM ARMY

    [quote user="Tommy_Ribs"]It is well deserved (Obviously).


    Coughlin's story here is an amazing one. When he first came in there was almost a mutiny the day of their first game against the Eagles. Then Strahan and a lot of the other guys came around, and now, dare I say it, Coughlin is loved by his players.

    Sure, he changed his ways a little bit, but I also think he struck a chord with these guys, and they have bought into his way of doing it.

    TC really cares about others, and even though he has seemed like an Angry/Mean guy sometimes, there definitely is another side to him as evidenced by the work he has done with the Jay Fund, and with the coaches groups (Him, Fisher & Gruden specifically) going to visit the troops.
    [/quote]

    It really was an amazing transition. We have enough veterans now to harness that synergy to make another run at the brass ring.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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