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Tom Coughlin's 'emotional tug-of-war'

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09:16 AM ET 09.21 | Tom Coughlin suffered a deep personal loss this week when his only brother died unexpectedly, and as the Giants coach has attended to his football duties, spent time with his grieving family and kept his innermost thoughts private, he admits it has been difficult to juggle his feelings. "It's an emotional tug of war is probably the best way to say it," Coughlin said in an interview on Giants.com. "You drift back and forth between your family and your brother and even my wife [Judy] was very close to John and is close to all my sisters. So you're not there for anybody, to be honest with you. But that's understood, they all understand that."

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September 21, 2013  09:26 AM ET

And so it goes. Reality comes around to remind us once more the things that really matter.

September 21, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Thoughts and prayers.

He's a great coach and a class act.

September 21, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Not a fan of big blue, but I can relate with the emotions from personal experience. Hope the best for him and his family.

September 21, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Football aside, sincere condolences to the family.

September 21, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Nothing I can add... life will reach out when you least expect it. Peace to him and his.

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September 21, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Football aside, sincere condolences to the family.

What's particularly sad is his thought that at a time like this, it's hard to truly be there for anyone who grieves along with him. That's a lot for one man to deal with.

Thought and prayers to the coach and his family.

September 21, 2013  12:03 PM ET

Good coach and a good guy. Prayers to his family.

September 21, 2013  12:14 PM ET

my thoughts and condolences are with you and your family, Coach.

September 21, 2013  04:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

my thoughts and condolences are with you and your family, Coach.

We live to die!!

September 21, 2013  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

We live to die!!

I dont die....I multiply!!!

September 21, 2013  04:29 PM ET

Always sad to hear.

September 21, 2013  05:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

We live to die!!

Creepy! how have you been???

September 21, 2013  05:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Creepy! how have you been???

Fine!!! Damn your Pirates let the lead slip away but at least they will make the playoffs!!! The Steelers will be in last place no running game or front line and injures, this may be Tomlins last year!!!

September 21, 2013  05:42 PM ET
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Fine!!! Damn your Pirates let the lead slip away but at least they will make the playoffs!!! The Steelers will be in last place no running game or front line and injures, this may be Tomlins last year!!!

Go Bears!

September 21, 2013  07:14 PM ET

Tom, every one of us here grieves with you. Sometimes, the entire NFL and all its fans come together, and this is one of those times.

September 21, 2013  08:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Fine!!! Damn your Pirates let the lead slip away but at least they will make the playoffs!!! The Steelers will be in last place no running game or front line and injures, this may be Tomlins last year!!!

The Pirates having a winning season for the first time in 21 years feels like they won the world Series, The Steelers... well don't count them out yet....

September 21, 2013  10:17 PM ET
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Go Bears!

+1

September 21, 2013  10:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Fine!!! Damn your Pirates let the lead slip away but at least they will make the playoffs!!! The Steelers will be in last place no running game or front line and injures, this may be Tomlins last year!!!

A CREEPY sighting!

 
September 22, 2013  10:13 PM ET

I like Tom, a great guy. Hope his team sucks all year long however.

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