Tobin coached Arizona from 1996-2000, led the franchise to its first playoff win in 51 years during a 20-7 win against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wildcard Game, as well as drafting former quarterback Jake Plummer and late former safety turned Army ranger Pat Tillman, both of whom played together at Arizona State and were two of the most celebrated players in Cardinals history.
"Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who knew and loved Vince Tobin, and in particular his wife Kathy and their family," Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said in a statement on behalf of the franchise. "As head coach of the Cardinals, his steady leadership was a constant and a big part of the success the team enjoyed during his tenure." His football legacy with us is highlighted by the thrilling 1998 season, return to the postseason, and upset playoff win at Dallas. He will also be remembered for his instrumental role in key decisions like drafting Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman.
"More than that, he was a consummate family man and always a class act who positively impacted everyone he encountered."
Plummer also shared a tweet honoring Tobin upon news of his death.
"Coach Tobin gave me my 1st opp 2 lead a group of men&I’ll b 4ever grateful 4 the confidence he instilled n me then & blessed daily by those lessons as I pursue life,purpose&happiness. RIP coach Tobin! I get knocked down, but I get up again, nothings ever going to keep me down," Plummer tweeted.
Tobin went 28-43 during his five seasons as the Cardinals' head coach, having also worked as a defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears (1986-92), Indianapolis Colts (1994-95) and Detroit Lions (2001), as well as a special assistant for the Green Bay Packers in 2004.