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Former New York Giants Coach Bill Parcells to Be Inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame

June 25th, 2013 at 12:30 PM
By Douglas Rush

Bill Parcells will be getting the long-awaited call into the National Football Hall of Fame this coming August. On Tuesday, it was announced that the former New York Giants head coach will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame has yet to be officially built, as it is online-based for the time being, which got started back in 2008. The 71-year-old Parcells is a New Jersey native, as he was born in Englewood.

Parcells first came to the Giants in 1979 when he was named the defensive coordinator under Ray Perkins, but left to coach the linebackers for the New England Patriots in 1980.

In 1981, Parcells returned to the Giants to take back the defensive coordinator position under Perkins, a position he would stay at until December of 1982, when Perkins left to take the University of Alabama coaching job, and Parcells was named the Giants head coach at age 42.

His first season with the Giants was a disaster, as they went 3-12-1 in the 1983 season and during the season, the Giants management strongly considered firing Parcells and replacing him with Miami University head coach Howard Schnellenberger, but the Giants decided to stick with Parcells.

The next two seasons under Parcells were much better as he went 9-7 and 10-6 and got them to the playoffs but were eliminated in the second round each season. In 1986, the Giants went 14-2 and defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 to win the team's first ever championship in Super Bowl XXI.

Four years later, Parcells' team returned to the Super Bowl as seven-point under-dogs and defeated the high-powered Buffalo Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV in what many considered to be one of the best games ever played.

Parcells retired from the Giants after the 1990 season and went 77-49-1 in the regular season and 8-3 in the postseason with two Conference championships and two Super Bowl titles in his eight seasons as head coach.

Not only did he turn the Giants around, he helped turn around the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys when he was their head coach and got each of those all to the postseason. In 1996, he coached the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXI, but lost 35-21 to the Green Bay Packers, the only Super Bowl defeat in Parcells' career. Overall, he went 172-130-1 in his 19 seasons as head coach with a playoff record of 11-8. He was 2-1 in Super Bowl games.

On August 3rd, Parcells will be enshrined at Canton when he joins Cris Carter, Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp as the NFL's Hall of Fame, Class of 2013.

photo credit: Kevin_71 via photobucket cc


Tags: Bill Parcells, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ray Perkins

22 Responses to “Former New York Giants Coach Bill Parcells to Be Inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    Bill was great, especially after so many years of futility
    and he had those great teams with LT, Harry Carson, Carl Banks, Jim Burt, Phil Simms and Mark Bavaro
    great years, but more than a little bit of disappointment along the way too.
    My most memorable disappointing moment was the last game of the 1988 season against the Jets. We were losing by < 7 and Phil drove the team the length of the field for the go ahead score, including scrambling for at least 2 first downs along the way, only to see it all go up in smoke when the Jets returned the ensuing kick to the Giants end of the field and then capped it with a game winning FG, that effectively eliminated us from the playoffs

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Among Bill’s fellow inductees will be Grover Cleveland (who gave us the Civil Service Act that practically guaranteed that civil servants would grow in number and be almost impossible to fire), somebody named Bobbi Brown who has something to do with makeup, Thomas Paine (who did most of his best stuff in New Rochelle, New York, which is kujo’s home town), and Ray Chambers whose claim to fame is that he was Bill Simon’s (former Secretary of the Treasury) partner in a private equity fund and made a boatload of money.

    Also, the Hall is in a “mobile” vehicle (translation: a trailer), which seems perfect. For my money, just have a Springsteen Hall (okay, maybe Bon Jovi sneaks in too) and let Bruce decide who’s in and out.

  3.  F0XLIN says:

    James Gandolfini is a shoe in as are Jack Nicholson, Frank Sinatra, Norman Schwarzkopf and James Marshall

    Sounds like someone is a little bitter about this article and or the great state of NJ

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Me, bitter? Just because Ray Chambers (whom I know and know to be a complete jerk) was selected for someone’s HOF? Nah, just amused.

      And I have nothing against New Jersey. Some of my best friends are from New Jersey (LOL).

    •  norm says:

      Two other Jersey notables:

      The incomparable Count Basie (born & raised in Red Bank) and (along with Billie) one of the two greatest female jazz singers of all time, Sarah Vaughan (Newark)

      •  norm says:

        And then, of course, there’s me… born in NYC, raised in Teaneck.

        I’m proud of my NJ roots; toxic sludge runs through my veins!

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Like I said a few times I wanted us to draft a LB at least in the first 4 rounds in the worst way. But after the smoke has cleared I think the upside of our group is much greater than any time in the last decade. Like F55 mentioned the athleticism is serious at the OLB positions. I think between to group of Williams, Rivers, Paysinger and Curry we will get good play at the OLB positions. The question is at MLB and the passive approach towards getting Bishop shows there is some genuine hope for Herzlich. The one aspect about Herzlich that gives me hope is that he be gaining back some of his athleticism. Herzlich before cancer struck was a certain top half of the first round type of LB. He probably will never be that athlete again but if he’s closer we really might have a good player.

    I also think Paysinger could surprise. Rivers has more talent, as does William but Paysinger looks like the type that is making himself into a player. It wouldn’t surprise me if Paysinger didn’t win a starting job but was the top backup at each LB position. Curry is also a wildcard that could have an influence.

    Williams is the guy most of are looking to step out of the background and make an impact. To me a key for Williams beyond health is size. Williams as a starting WLB has to get up to at least 230. maybe higher. With so many questions at LB Williams needs to an answer.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:


      Nosh.0 says:
      June 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      When it comes to our LB’s, JR is the guy down $500 at a cold black jack table. And even when he’s showing something good, you just have that bad feeling in your gut that the dealers about to pull a 21 out of her @.s-$.

      Point is, it’s been a long time since one of these “talented” LB’s of his have done anything. We’ve been doing the grab bag thing for the past 5 years and haven’t hit.

      So no, I don’t think the Giants feel good about the LB position. I think this rag tag group is more of an indication that they don’t really value the position.

      fanfor55years says:
      June 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      That old saw “they don’t value the position” is getting pretty tired. It’s one thing to say they don’t rank it as high as others on their draft board, another entirely to say they don’t value the position. That’s garbage.

      If they ever DID think that then the emergence of the new mobile quarterbacks and the pistol offenses and option plays would change that thinking fast. You must have good linebackers to stop a team led by RGIII, Kaepernick, Vick (directed by Kelly), Newton and those who will follow them into the NFL.

      I would bet a lot of money that Jerry Reese is happier with the talent they’ve lined up at linebacker this year than he’s been since he arrived. Instead of trying to make due with a bunch of known-to-be-mediocre players he has gathered a lot of superior athletes, many of whom have “stories” that reduced their salary demands and attractiveness to other teams, some of whom simply lack experience, thrown them all in the ring and figured the players left standing ought to be a pretty solid bunch. We’ll have to see how it plays out, but I think that’s a pretty good bet.
      BigBlueGiant says:
      June 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      FF55, Nosh is right. You’re being a Homer. Seriously. I respect your opinions but these guys are nothing but mediocre.

      I think you’re gonna be pretty disappointed in all honesty. These LB’s that we have are terrific athletes, who have had great college careers. BUT, they mostly haven;t panned out, been injured, were overrated or are just average players.

      If you think differently, you’re looking at their names. Or a play or two. Or perhaps ONE game that they have played well in.

      I really hope i’m wrong, but until THIS group proves otherwise…..

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Well, I’m playing the percentages. I don’t know which among them will fulfill a reasonable part of their potential, but I’m betting that some will, and when we have SO many of those types we only need some to pan out. I agree that it’s hard to project success for any of them based strictly upon college careers, athleticism, or a small sample of NFL play. But I don’t think it’s hard to take all of that into account and then assume that a few of them WILL succeed.

        The argument that all of these guys will wash out seems contrary to the laws of probability so I contend that the folks who seem sure that there’s no “solution” there as they head into camp are actually making the more far-fetched argument. I’ll be shocked if we don’t get at least two pretty good linebackers out of this bunch (I’ll define “pretty good” as at least an average NFL linebacker) and a relatively adequate group that can help win games.

  5.  KBilly says:

    Miami University is in Ohio. The University of Miami is in Corral Gables Florida.

    Get your facts straight.

  6.  KBilly says:

    I talk to @remy10 on Twitter. I am @Supersounds70s.

    And I am uncensored on Twitter.

    Freedom of speech is paramount to this country and if I want to say ****, ****, ****, **** or whatever, I should be allowed…

    RIP James

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      You sure can. Just not in our comment section because when you curse, it costs me money. And I can’t afford that.

      •  KBilly says:

        PS. I got a new cat and I named him Eleven for Phil Simms. I made a Giants football necklace from an old key chain. Pictures are all over Twitter @supersounds70s.

        KD Out.

        •  KBilly says:

          Fix that University of Miami error. If there is a NJ HOF Hank’s Frank’s has to be included.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    So norm, where would you rank Ella and Rosemary? They are both near the top of the heap.

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