Ray Perkins may not have had the best record (23-34) as head coach of the New York Giants, but he is credited — at least in part — for making moves that would drastically alter their immediate future. He was responsible for the hiring of Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, and Romeo Crennel as young assistants. All three would go on to play major roles in upcoming championships, and would subsequently have extremely successful head coaching careers of their own.
Unfortunately for Perkins, he would part ways with the Giants in 1982 and never got to experience any of the success that came after the Parcells era was ushered in. It was only two years later that the team would go on a dominant run that included six winning seasons, five playoff appearances and two Super Bowl titles.
Still, Perkins has no regrets about his early exit and seems completely comfortable having missed out on what, essentially, he helped create in the early 80's.
"The only regret I ever have is if I somehow fell short of doing something (or) saying something… that could have made a difference," Perkins told the Sun Herald.
Instead, Perkins went on to coach the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1983-1986 where he won three bowl games (Sun Bowl twice and Aloha Bowl). But, as he had with the Giants, Perkins left after only four years and watched as the team went on to appear in eight straight bowl games (going 5-3 in those games).
"Football has taught me a good level of work ethic," he said. "It has taught me a lot of humility, and it has taught me that as long as you put forth the effort… you can accomplish most anything you can set your mind to accomplish."
Now 70-years-old, Perkins finds himself back in the game, coaching at Jones County Junior College.
"Every level… the number one thing that you're expected to do is win. I enjoy that challenge at Jones just as much as I enjoyed it at Alabama and just as much as I enjoyed it with the New York Giants," he said.
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