In honor of Bill Parcells' selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft released statements congratulating the man who helped kickstart the Pats' current generation.

"Bill Parcells has been thought of as one of the all-time greats for a long time, so it is with great pride that we can officially refer to him as a Hall of Famer," Belichick said. "He deserves all the recognition he is getting and for his career to be celebrated in Canton forever."