NEW ORLEANS — As a coach, Bill Parcells usually made the right call. Saturday, Parcells got a phone call that was well deserved.
Parcells was one of seven inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2013 class, joining Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curly Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp.
The list of this year’s finalists was extremely impressive, making it a difficult process for the selection committee. However, Parcells’ work as a head coach was Hall-of-Fame worthy. He left a wide mark on the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Giants, and taking four different franchises to the playoffs. Parcells has disciples all over the NFL, including Super Bowl-winning coaches Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, and Sean Payton. All worked under Parcells as assistants, and upon hearing the news, Coughlin was delighted Parcells did not have to wait another year for induction. This was Parcells’ fourth year on the ballot.
“It was kind of surprising to me, after the first go-around, I thought, ‘Why isn’t he in?” Coughlin said, in quotes released Saturday by the Giants. “Bill Parcells is a great football coach. He has great instincts. He has the ability to say the right things at the right time, always did. His expectations were very high. He did not mince words.”