Coaching stars, ‘Parcells guys’ flock to coach’s Hall speech

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Bill Parcells still casts such a large shadow over the NFL that three current head coaches left their teams’ training camps Saturday to honor their mentor.

Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin and Sean Payton were among the Fawcett Stadium crowd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The success of Belichick, Coughlin and Payton, who have six championships among them, is among Parcells’ greatest accomplishments, he said during his 20-minute, 13-second speech.

“I take pride in their individual accomplishments,” Parcells said, “and I’m looking for a couple of more championships out of some of them.”

Parcells coached five Hall of Famers, including Larry Allen, who was inducted with Parcells and five others Saturday. Parcells, though, cut Allen after three seasons, and Parcells admitted last week that the two are cordial but have no real relationship.

But plenty of “Parcells guys” were there, including Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Curtis Martin and his presenter, George Martin.

Parcells’ bust joins Taylor, Martin and 277 others in Canton.

Parcells’ speech centered on his eight seasons leading the Giants, the team with whom he won two titles.

Parcells mentioned Allen’s presenter, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, as well as Tom Landry and Gil Brandt in his speech.

He thanked “the great Jerry Jones and his family there in Dallas” for hiring him, Landry for offering him advice and Brandt for “helping on the personnel side.”

The Cowboys hired Parcells in 2003, and in perhaps his greatest coaching job, Parcells led Dallas to the playoffs despite having Quincy Carter at quarterback. The Cowboys were 34-32 with Parcells, with no playoff victories but two playoff berths.

Parcells thanked his family, including his ex-wife Judy, his high school basketball coach Mickey Corcoran and the late Wellington Mara, the first of four owners to hire him as a head coach. Parcells ended with a statement attributed to Emlen Tunnell, the first black player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

It is one of the many famous phrases Parcells used in his career.

“Losers assemble in little groups and complain about the coaches and the players in other little groups, but winners assemble as a team,” Parcells recited.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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