Tom Coughlin, a two-time Tremendous Bowl-winning head coach with the New York Giants and former Jacksonville Jaguars government, revealed in a gut-wrenching essay his spouse, Judy, is battling a mind dysfunction.
Coughlin, 74, made the revelation Tuesday in The New York Times. He wrote Judy was recognized with progressive supranuclear palsy in 2020. In keeping with the Mayo Clinic, the sickness is an “unusual mind dysfunction that causes severe issues with strolling, stability and eye actions, and later with swallowing” and may worsen over time.
“For the previous yr, I’ve been torn between defending my spouse’s dignity and privateness and sharing some deeply private and unhappy information. It’s solely after some reflection that I’ve come to the conclusion that what my household and I are experiencing could also be useful for others to learn,” he wrote within the paper.
“As so lots of you might be gearing up for an additional NFL season, I will probably be sitting removed from the sidelines, on the bedside and holding the hand of my largest supporter, my beloved spouse, the mom of our youngsters and a grandmother to our grandchildren.”
He wrote seeing his spouse’s decline has been robust to observe and admitted that going from the entrance workplace of an NFL staff to major caregiver for his spouse hasn’t been a straightforward transition.
“Our hearts are damaged. Judy has been every part to our household. For the previous 4 years, we’ve helplessly watched her go from a gracious girl with a present for dialog, hugging all of the folks she met and making them really feel they have been a very powerful individual within the room, to shedding nearly all capacity to talk and transfer,” he wrote.
“She used to take pleasure in planning household get-togethers, going for morning walks and caring for her rosebushes; nonetheless, these actions are however distant recollections. Her days at the moment are full of mendacity in mattress, watching the Hallmark Channel, sitting in a wheelchair within the solar and receiving round the clock care. And what’s worse, she is trapped inside a physique that won’t permit her to be the individual she was.”
Coughlin was fired by the Jaguars earlier than the beginning of the 2019 season. It was unclear when precisely his spouse was recognized with the mind ailment.
He and his spouse have 4 kids and 11 grandchildren. Tom and Judy Coughlin have been married since 1967.