In his second year of eligibility, long-time NFL head coach Bill Parcells has been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was an announcement many felt was a destined to happen, and when his name was called on Saturday night, several big names from around the league were quick to praise the man for what he meant to football and their respective organizations.
Of course, the New York Giants were on the top of that list.
“I’m very happy for Bill. This is long overdue. He’s one of the best coaches in NFL history. He turned our franchise around. We went through a long period in the 1960’s and 70’s when we were a laughing stock. When Bill took over in 1983 he survived a very difficult first year, but then turned us into a perennial playoff contender and won two Super Bowls for us. He coached three other teams and everywhere he went, he had great success. I’m very happy that he will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants Head Coach
“I don’t think there’s any question that Bill Parcells is a Hall of Fame coach. … When I think of Bill Parcells, what stands out to me is the great opportunity that he gave me in 1988 to come to the New York Giants organization as the wide receivers coach and really to learn football at this level and more importantly, from an organizational standpoint, winning. That came from Wellington Mara, George Young, to Bill Parcells, to the way in which he conducted his staff and his team."
"I don't know if I could've done it without Bill Parcells. He didn't force me to play like everyone had played the last daggone 60 years. He allowed me to be more of an athlete instead of a linebacker, and I think that says a lot about his greatness. If I'd played for another coach on another team, I probably would've been a good player. But Bill was the one who made me LT."
Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Owner
"It is well deserved. As a Patriots fan, I will always appreciate the credibility he brought to our franchise as a two-time Super Bowl champion. We had never had a head coach with those credentials. I am very happy for Bill and look forward to his enshrinement ceremonies."
“Bill Parcells has been thought of as one of the all-time greats for a long time, so it is with great pride that we can officially refer to him as a Hall of Famer. He deserves all the recognition he is getting and for his career to be celebrated in Canton forever.”
Woody Johnson, New York Jets Owner
"Bill Parcells infused new life into this franchise on many levels. From acquiring players like Curtis Martin to bringing back a winning culture, we will always be grateful to Bill for his contributions to the New York Jets."
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