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Tom Coughlin returns home to Central New York for 2017 Arents Award

Former SU football player and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke with the local media Friday from the Sheraton on the SU Hill.

Tom Coughlin has done it all in the sport of football.

Between serving as an NFL head coach, to being a Super Bowl champion, the former Syracuse University football player has reached the top of the mountain in the sport.

However, before this weekend Coughlin had never earned his alma mater's highest alumni honor.

The Waterloo, NY native was honored with the 2017 Arents Award, which is annually given to Syracuse University's most successful alumni for excellence and innovation in their respective fields.

Coughlin spoke with the local media Friday from his hotel at the Sheraton on the SU Hill, detailing his excitement for the award.

"It's the most prestigious award," Coughlin said. "It's the top award given by the University to alumni. If you look at those who have received this award, it's very prestigious. So, I'm very proud and very honored to receive this award."

He also explained his new job as VP of Football Operations with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I like it," he said in regards to his new role in Jacksonville. "I like what I'm doing currently. I like the people that I'm working with. We still feel like we have a ways to go. We made some progress through the draft. We made some progress through free agency. We're headed in the right direction."

Coughlin joins Daniel D'Aniello, Diane Nelson and Mary Spio as recipients of this year's award.

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