Long time New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells' resume of accomplishments is quite a long one. On Saturday night, he could add one more to that list and perhaps, the most important one of them all: Hall of Famer.
On Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, the 71-year-old Parcells, with former Giants defensive end George Martin there to present him, was enshrined into the National Football Hall of Fame along with Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden as the Class of 2013.
In attendance at the Hall of Fame on Saturday night were four of Parcells' former students and head coaches; Bill Belichick, current head coach of the New England Patriots, Tom Coughlin, current head coach of the Giants, Sean Payton, current head coach of the New Orleans Saints and Romeo Crennel, former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. Between Belichick, Coughlin and Payton, they all have won six Super Bowls among the three.
Also in attendance for the Hall of Fame ceremony were some of his former players like Giants quarterback Phil Simms and linebacker Harry Carson, along with one of his former bosses; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was also there for Allen's ceremony and speech.
Parcells joked in the beginning about how he wanted his Hall of Fame bust (the statue of his head) kept in the Hall of Fame near Giants' linebacker Lawrence Taylor's so that he could keep an eye on that sucker, a comment that was met with laughter and applause.
Towards the end of the speech, Parcells talked about the first years as the Giants head coach and how former owner Wellington Mara brought him into a side office near the tunnel where the players came out at the old Giants Stadium and in the office, hung a plaque that had a scripture on it, and it was something he used to motivate him each and every day he was a coach. On it, it stated:
"Losers assemble in little groups, and complain about the coaches and the players in other little groups. Winners assemble as a team."
Parcells' tenure as a head coach ended with a 172-130-1 record and an 11-8 playoff record with two Super Bowl victories, two NFC Championships and one AFC Championship. With the Giants, Parcells was 77-49-1 in the regular season and 8-3 in the postseason. He is the only head coach in NFL history to lead four different teams to the playoffs, as he did with the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.
We at Giants 101 would like to congratulate Parcells on his well deserved Hall of Fame induction and forever earning a place in football history.
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