Next month, former New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells will be enshrined in the National Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Former Giants defensive lineman George Martin will be the one to present Parcells when he comes up for his induction.
Parcells was not selected last season in his first year of eligibility on the ballot, but was not overlooked in his second year as he will join Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen as the Class of 2013.
In a national conference call to talk about his Hall of Fame career, Parcells was asked about what was his favorite coaching moment of his career, in which Parcells chose a game where the Giants were viewed as a huge underdog going into.
“If you pin me down,” Parcells said on a national conference call today, “I would probably say the ’90 Championship Game in San Francisco (in which the Giants defeated the 49ers, 15-13, on Matt Bahr’s 42-yard field goal as time expired). We were heavy underdogs there that day, and San Francisco was going for their three-peat and we had lost our quarterback, Phil Simms, and we had Jeff Hostetler playing, who did a great job for us. I think probably that if you pin me down, that was – there were so many great players playing in that game, really, that that’s what makes it memorable to me. As a matter of fact, the referee, Jerry Markbreit, told me that of all the games he ever officiated, that was the greatest game he ever officiated. So that kind of stuck with me, too, that an official would view it that way as well.
Heading into that game, the 49ers were the then-two,time defending Super Bowl Champions looking to win their third straight title and were an eight-point favorite at Candlestick Park against the Giants. But the Giants defense hung tough against one of the league's best offenses and even knocked Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana out of the game, forcing Steve Young to come in and finish.
The Giants ended the 49ers dynasty when Matt Bahr drilled a game-winning, 42-yard field goal as time expired to send the Giants to Super Bowl XXV as they beat the 49ers 15-13.
The 71-year-old Parcells owns a career 172-130-1 career coaching record and was 77-49-1 in the regular season with the Giants, plus 8-3 in the postseason with two Super Bowl Championships. Parcells will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, August 3.
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