The New York Giants have added their 28th member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as legendary head coach Bill Parcells was voted in by the selection committee. Parcells played a vital role in two of the Giants four Super Bowl victories. After a decade and a half of disappointment through the 1970's and early 1980's, Parcells coached the Lawrence Taylor led 1986 and 1990 squads to championships. Parcells was voted in along with Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, and Warren Sapp.
Parcells came to the Giants in 1979 as a defensive coordinator under head coach Ray Perkins. However, he resinged before the beginning of the season and took a job with a land development company out in Colorado. He came back to the NFL in 1980 as the New England Patriots linebackers coach and made his return to Big Blue the following season as the defensive coordinator.
After Ray Perkins left to become the head coach at Alabama in 1982, Parcells took over and led the Giants to their first two Super Bowl championships in franchise history. Although Parcells went on to coach for the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys later in his career, he will always be remembered as one of, if not the most influential head coach in Giants history.
"I’m very happy for Bill. This is long overdue. He’s one of the best coaches in NFL history," John Mara said.
Today, Parcells is retired. Although he flirted with returning to the sidelines with the New Orleans Saints this offseason, it appears as if his illustrious NFL career is officially over. Giants 101 would like to congratulate Parcells for his accomplishments both on and off the football field.
Perhaps, the biggest snub was former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. Strahan still holds the NFL single-season sack record. He is widely regarded as one of the best defensive ends in league history, and it stands to reason he will be a very strong candidate next year.
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