JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- John Fox is back in New Jersey to coach the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. And while he obviously has a great deal on his mind as he prepares his team to play the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday, being in New Jersey brings back fond memories of his time spent as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator from 1997-2001.
"Great organization, tremendous families running the organization," Fox said of the Giants during a news conference shortly after the Broncos arrived in town Sunday afternoon. "Their head coach is probably one of the guys I've looked up to the most in this league. My sons went to school in Wayne, N.J., and we've got a lot of great memories here. It would be special to win the Super Bowl anywhere, it would be really special to win it here."
Fox's time with the Giants predated the current coach, Tom Coughlin, to whom he referred. But in answering a question about the heart surgery that forced him to miss four weeks of this current season, he did reference the fact that his heart condition, with which he was born, was discovered during one of his yearly physicals as a member of the Giants' coaching staff.
Fox left the Giants following the 2001 season to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, a position he would hold for nine years. The highlight of his time with the Giants, which he also referenced Sunday, was the NFC Championship Game following the 2000 season in which his defense shut out the Minnesota Vikings in a 43-0 victory that propelled the Giants into Super Bowl XXXV.