If Bill Parcells doesn't get in this time, if one great Giants champion coach doesn't get in and bring another Giants champion named Michael Strahan along with him, then the NFL shouldn't have a Hall of Fame. There is no debate on Parcells belonging in Canton, not among those who played for him and coached with him and against him, only among a small voting block of pro football writers who waited far too long to let Harry Carson in the club and apparently begrudged his legendary franchise hopping. It was a travesty that Parcells was denied a year ago, and the injustice must be righted tomorrow night by the 46 writers who owe it to the game to get it right. Marv Levy never won a Super Bowl and he's a Hall of Famer. Bill Parcells won two, nearly won four. It is Tuna Time. You are what your record says you are, and the record says that Parcells is a Hall of Famer. Hall of Famer Troy Aikman played against Parcells. "I think he's left every organization better than it was before he got there," Aikman said. "I'm a huge fan. I've never really gotten behind anybody as far as getting into the Hall of Fame or talking about whether they're worthy, because I think it takes away from really what the Hall of Fame represents. I don't think anybody should expect to be in the Hall of Fame, I think if it happens, then it's a great honor. "But having said that, I don't think you can tell the story of professional football without Bill Parcells having a pretty prominent role in that, and to me, that's how you define someone's who's worthy of being in the Hall of Fame." Parcells recruited Kevin Mawae to the Jets. "If there's 85 guys on a team, he knew how to push all 85 buttons," Mawae said. "I remember for Bryan Cox. He was always teasing him about not having enough gas in the tank, and Bryan and him would go back and forth. We'll come in the locker room the next morning, there's an empty gas can in front of Bryan Cox's locker. For Wayne Chrebet, it was like, 'Are you tough enough?' and he sits there and kicks Wayne Chrebet in the ankle to make sure his ankle's tough after he had a high ankle sprain. For me, it was calling me out in the middle of the team meeting room, you don't block Zach Thomas on Monday night against the Dolphins, we're not gonna win the ballgame."
Parcells, Strahan both deserve call
New York Post | Feb 1