New York Giants special teams coach Thomas McGaughey announced Thursday that he is undergoing chemotherapy as part of treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.
“I’m not going to let chemotherapy or cancer get in the way of what I do,” McGaughey said, via The Athletic. “I’m a father and I’m a football coach. That’s what I do.”
McGaughey was hired as part of new head coach Pat Shurmur’s staff in January. Shurmur announced earlier this summer that Tom Quinn returned to join Anthony Blevins as special teams assistants while McGaughey was dealing with health issues.
The 45-year-old McGaughey has spent 11 seasons focusing primarily on special teams, including the last two years as a special teams coach with the Carolina Panthers. He replaced Quinn, who was fired as the Giants’ special teams coach after the club wrapped up a 3-13 season in 2017.
“There’s days I go down, do my treatment and go back to work,” McGaughey told reporters.
McGaughey also served as an assistant special teams coach with the Giants from 2007-2010.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced on June 5 that he was diagnosed with lymphoma this offseason. The 67-year-old Gettleman learned that his cancer was in remission at the end of July.