Former USC QB and NFL coach Jim Fassel died Monday of a heart attack. He was 71.
Fassel was the Trojans’ backup QB in 1969 but left USC after the season because he wanted to play and could not beat out Jimmy Jones. Fassel and his high school teammate, fullback Tom Fitzpatrick, left USC and went to Long Beach State. Fassel played there in 1971.
He threw a TD pass to Sam Dickerson in USC’s 48-6 victory over Northwestern in 1969. Fassel completed 7 of 22 passes for 94 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in 1969.
In 1966, Fassel led Anaheim High School to a 12-1 record, Sunset League title and place in the CIF 4-A championship game at the Coliseum.
Fassel obviously was best known as a coach. He was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 1997 while coaching the New York Giants. The Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001, after going 12-4 and winning the NFC East that season. Fassel was 58-53-1 overall with the Giants.
Jim Fassel (6), Mike Holmgren (7), Jimmy Jones (8) and Bob Chandler (10) in 1969 USC football team photo.
Here’s the video of the Anaheim-El Rancho 4-A title game from 1966: