Who are Jim Fassel's children? Giants coach reunited with 1st son 34 years after adoption

Fassel was the father of five kids, including his eldest he was reunited with, who was put up for adoption three days after his birth


                            Who are Jim Fassel's children? Giants coach reunited with 1st son 34 years after adoption
Head coach Jim Fassel of the New York Giants watches the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Giant Stadium on November 9, 2003, in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Former coach of New York Giants Jim Fassel has died, his son confirmed on Monday, June 7. He was 71 when he breathed his last at a Las Vegas hospital. Jim’s son John said his father had chest pains earlier in the day after which he was rushed to a hospital, where he suffered a heart attack while under sedation.

As per reports, Jim was married to Kitty Fassel from 1971 to 2006. There is no information available about his wife. Also, it’s not known whether they divorced each other in 2006 or Kitty died that year. The couple reportedly had three children together. The eldest one was, however, put up for adoption three days after his birth since they had him while being unmarried.

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Who are Jim Fassel's children?

According to reports, Jim was the father of five children. However, the names of only there are available. They are John Fassel, Brian, and John Mathieson. John Fassel was born in January 1974. According to reports, like his father, he is also a football coach and also works as the special teams coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Previously, the 47-year-old was the special teams coordinator and interim head coach for the Los Angeles Rams. He also worked for the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders as their special teams coach.

John Fassel of the Baltimore Ravens poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Getty Images)

About Brian, there is no verified information available. However, about John Mathieson, it has been reported that he is the eldest among all. He spent more than three decades of his life away from his parents and family as he was given for adoption soon after his birth on April 5, 1969. But in 2003, the Fassels finally reunited with John Mathieson, who at the time was living at his adoptive parents’ house -- Tom and Dorothy Rogers.

“For John, Kitty and myself, we have lived with an unanswerable question for all these years. If someone had granted us one wish in the world, it would always have been to be together and to know things were OK. Instead you carry this question around with you and you never know how it will come out. So to have a day like today, it is a miracle,” Jim said at the time.

Jim Fassel of the New York Giants looks on the field during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Giants 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport

Mathieson was also happy to meet his biological parents and siblings as he said, “Finally, I can look around and say: ‘I fit in somewhere.’” He also expressed his thoughts after knowing that his father was a renowned NFL coach. He said: “I was already in shock just knowing my natural parents had found me. But when Jim said he was the head coach of the New York Giants, that put me in cardiac arrest.”

At the time, CBS reported that seven years before Mathieson reunited with his parents, he had already begun his search for them. But failed to find anything. “I just lost it and cried for two hours straight. My greatest fear in life was that I would want to find my natural parents, but they wouldn't want me to find them. To find out they were looking for me brought out more emotion than I could ever describe,” he stated.

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