He won three games, lost twelve and tied one. New York Giants General Manager, George Young nearly fired Bill Parcells following that disastrous 1983 season, Parcells first as an NFL Head Coach.
Young gave the Jersey guy another chance and the rest was history. Two Super Bowl titles with Big Blue before Parcells moved on. Another Super Bowl appearance with a New England Patriots team he rebuilt, a near Super Bowl appearance with the New York Jets, a team that had won 4 games during the two seasons prior to Tuna's arrival. Another Head Coaching stop in Dallas where he again turned an organization around.
In so many ways, he embodied the Garden State. He was colorful, he was obnoxious, perhaps even crude but he was always a step ahead of the competition. Perhaps he was doing all of us a favor here in the tri-state region by coaching both the Giants and Jets. Fans from both teams can look back fondly and say, I was there when that all time coach marched those sidelines shouting orders to LT and Simms and Banks and Martin and Testaverde. We saw him work his magic and we rooted hard for him.
With his induction into The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Parcells can finally rest. His name now forever linked to the greatest coaches of all time including Lombardi, Walsh, Noll, Landry, Gibbs and Shula. Canton, Ohio may be within driving distance of New Jersey but in the case of Bill Parcells, it was a lifetime away.
We're proud of you Coach. Thanks for the ride!