Fasel died Monday in Las Vegas after suffering a heart attack after chest pain, his son, Johnsaid on LA Times.
And when Strahan was asked about his former coach at Good Morning America on Tuesday … the former passer-by explained that he was crushed to learn about the switch.
“Just a great man, a great coach,” Strahan told Fasel. “And he will be missed. But I was definitely shocked this morning when I heard this news, and I just wanted to send my love and condolences to his family.”
Strahan continued, “Great man. I enjoyed every minute with him as my coach and after my career when we kept in touch and talked.”
Fasel joined the Giants as an assistant coach in 1991 and later became a head coach in 1997, when he won the NFL Coach of the Year awards.
Eventually, Fasel took Strahan and G-Men to Super Bowl XXXV in the 2000 season … where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
Fasel was fired in 2003 after scoring a 58-53-1 career record … but nevertheless continued to be Raven’s offensive coordinator before ending his coaching career as Lokomotiv’s head coach. The United Football League.