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Tom Coughlin to be inducted into Giants Ring of Honor


Tom Coughlin’s tenure with the New York Giants may have come to an unceremonious and possibly acrimonious end following last season. But the organization nevertheless will pay tribute to the longtime head coach by inducting him into the team’s Ring of Honor next season.

“It was a great privilege to be the 16th head coach of the New York Giants, and it’s a privilege and a tremendous honor to be a part of those great names in Giant folklore that are in the Ring of Honor,” Coughlin said in a statement released by the team, via ESPN.

The induction ceremony will be held during the Giants’ Nov. 14 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. Joining Coughlin in the Ring of Honor ceremony will be former defensive end Justin Tuck and former general manager Ernie Accorsi.

Coughlin announced his so-called resignation in January after a second-straight 6-10 season. But speculation immediately surfaced that Coughlin was effectively forced out. The fact that he subsequently interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the division rival Philadelphia Eagles lent some credence to the suspicion Coughlin wasn’t happy about how things played out.

So much so, in fact, that Coughlin even appeared to snub Giants co-owner John Mara at his farewell press conference.

But with some time passing since January and the Giants now extending an olive branch to Coughlin, perhaps any residual and remaining bad blood can be set aside.

After all, Coughlin did lead the Giants to two Super Bowl championships and an overall record of 110-93 in 12 seasons. He certainly has earned joining Bill Parcells, Steve Owen and Jim Lee Howell as the only Giants head coaches in the team’s Ring of Honor.