Judy Coughlin, the wife of former head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, has passed away after a battle with a rare brain disease.

Judy Coughlin had been in hospice care in Atlantic Beach, a few miles south of Jacksonville.

Tom, 76, released a statement after the passing away of his wife: “My cherished wife and our beloved mother and grandmother, Judy Whitaker Coughlin, passed away this morning at the age of 77″. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach further said that his wife “was a remarkable woman in every way”. He went on to say that Judy lived a life filled with love and was always a mother to everyone on and off the field.

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“Judy made you feel like an old friend from the first hug to the last”, he said.

The statement further read, “For everyone who knew and loved Judy, the enormity of her absence cannot be put into words, but the immense kindness she showed to others will always endure. Our hearts are broken, but we know she is free from suffering and at peace with our Lord.”

Coughlin, who was Jacksonville’s first head coach in 1995 before leading the Giants to Super Bowl championships in 2008 and 2012, revealed last year that his wife had been diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy.

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John Mara and Steve Tisch, the co-owners of the New York-based franchise, said about Judy Coughlin’s passing, “She was an incredibly bright light for all of us, and we were blessed that she shared her energy, vitality and love with our organization”.

Judy Coughlin was always involved with the public life of her husband, including his commitments with the Jay Fund- a charity for helping families who have a child suffering from cancer.