EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' Tom Coughlin is, as everyone knows well, the oldest coach in the NFL at 67 years old. But this weekend's news that Denver coach John Fox was undergoing heart surgery and the collapse of Texans coach Gary Kubiak on the sideline of Sunday night's game in Houston didn't send Coughlin's thoughts toward himself or to the pressures of the profession he chose.
"My thoughts go right to two personal friends that I have that are obviously in need of our prayers and our best wishes," Coughlin said after Giants practice Monday. "I don't know much about Gary's situation, but I did text John back and forth a little bit to tell him we would pray for him. I think he'll come back stronger than ever."
Pressed on the issue, Coughlin did say he's aware of the stresses and pressures of the job of an NFL coach, as they pertain to him and to the coaches who work for him.
"I worry about it, sure, but when you sign up for it, that kind of goes along with it," Coughlin said. "It's all about the grinding away inside, the competitive part of this thing. That's all part of it. It's what the individuals are made of that are at this level."