Tom Coughlin didn't want his time as New York Giants coach to end in January. That was clear at the time, and Coughlin has said as much since then. But if there are any hard feelings about Coughlin's exit after 12 years and two Super Bowl titles, they won't keep the team from honoring his accomplishments.
The Giants announced Tuesday that Coughlin, along with former defensive end Justin Tuck and longtime general manager Ernie Accorsi, will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony during the team's Nov. 14 Monday Night Football game against the Bengals in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"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.
Coughlin was 110-93 in 12 seasons as the Giants' coach, including playoff games and two Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots. He officially "resigned" in January after going 6-10 for the second year in a row and failing to finish .500 for the third year in a row. Some discomfort followed the move, as Coughlin interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles for their vacant head coach jobs and continued to visit the Giants' team facility on a somewhat regular basis for a time. But he has supported the efforts of his successor and former offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, and has stayed out of sight more recently.
Coughlin will be the fourth head coach inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor, joining Bill Parcells, Steve Owen and Jim Lee Howell.
Tuck, who announced his retirement earlier this offseason after two years with the Oakland Raiders, played for the Giants from 2005 to 2013 and had a total of 66 sacks if you include the postseason. He sacked Tom Brady twice in each of the Giants' Super Bowl victories over New England.
Accorsi will be the second Giants GM in the Ring of Honor, joining his predecessor, George Young. Accorsi was Giants GM from 1998 to 2006 and presided over the decision to draft Eli Manning in 2004.