Bill Parcells Headlines Hall of Fame Finalists
The man that brought two Lombardi Trophies to New York as the head coach of the Giants headlines this year's list of finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bill Parcells is now one more step closer to having a bust in Canton.
Parcells lead the New York Giants to the title in 1987 and again in 1991. No head coach has ever won the Super Bowl with two different franchises, but Parcells came close in 1996 when he lead the Patriots to the title game before falling just short of glory against the Packers. Two years later, Parcells was at the helm of the New York Jets and again saw himself in the AFC title game with a franchise that was 1-15 just two years prior. A 172-130-1 record with four franchises in his career and thee appearances in the big game should surely be enough for the Hall of Fame to welcome the man with open arms. Ol' Monte could hope, anyway.
When I was a young lad, I had the pleasure of hanging with Coach on multiple occasions. I was the on-site engineer for his radio show. Big fancy title for "man whom turns up the volume in the coach's headphones." I was lucky enough to see a different side of the man who puts fear in the heart of NFL players. Ol' Monte met a man who instantly remembered my name after our first meeting. A man who asked me how my life was treating me, a man that offered me workout advice and a man who loved his giant cat. Every time the Coach opened his mouth, it was full of warm things about his radio show partners, Keyshawn Johnson and Chris Mortensen. I may be the biggest Detroit Lion fan in New York, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone here happier to see Coach Parcells get elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
What do you think? Coach makes it in first year on the ballot?