As much as the Pro Football Hall of Fame rules allow, I’m going to take you on a visit inside Room 277 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans for last Saturday’s eight-hour meeting that resulted in Bill Parcells and six others being selected to the Class of 2013 for induction on Aug. 3 in Canton.
The rules prohibit attaching names to the arguments made by any of the other 45 media members on the voting panel in New Orleans, but I can reveal what I said.
Here’s how it worked: The meeting started at 8 a.m. and presentations were first made on the two senior candidates, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson. We voted yes or no, with 80% approval needed for election. Culp and Robinson made it. But the results were not revealed to the voters or the public until the NFL Network selection show aired at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Next came the presentations on the 15 modern-era finalists (only the final five have a chance to get in). Parcells was fourth — a good spot before anybody gets worn out by all the presentations.
This year, it was my responsibility to make the presentation on Parcells; I had made the presentation on Curtis Martin the previous two years. Martin, the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history, was selected in his second year on the ballot. Parcells made it to the final 10 last year. This was Parcells’ fourth shot — the first two came between the Jets and Cowboys jobs, when voters were wary that he would coach again — which he did.
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