CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Bill Parcells unofficially spoke for everyone in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and all the people gathered to see him and six others inducted Saturday night.
"There's a kinship created that lasts for the rest of your life," he said about his experience as one of the NFL's most successful coaches.
Parcells became the first coach in seven years to make the hall, with several of his proteges in the crowd at Fawcett Stadium. The only coach to take four franchises to the playoffs, Parcells won Super Bowls with the New York Giants in the 1986 and 1990 seasons. The master of the team turnaround with the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys, Parcells was called "the definitive winner" by former player George Martin, who presented him for induction.
"Every organization I worked for supported me to the fullest," Parcells said. "Without that, you've got no shot."
Parcells' career record was 183-138-1 and he won Coach of the Year honors in 1986 and 1994. He asked to have his bust placed somewhere near Lawrence Taylor in the hall "so I can keep an eye on that sucker."
And he mentioned a quote by former Giants defensive back Emlen Tunnell, the first black man inducted into the Canton shrine, in 1967:
"Losers assemble in little groups and complain about the coaches and players in other little groups. But winners assemble as a team."
Parcells was preceded by offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, and linebacker Dave Robinson in the induction ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Hall of Fame.