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.
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