CANTON, Ohio - Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach and Wichita State Shocker alum Bill Parcells was elected Saturday along with six former players to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Parcells, a 1964 Wichita State graduate, was an All-Conference offensive tackle for the 1963 Missouri Valley Conference co-champion Shockers. He began his career as a defensive end and during his sophomore season helped Wichita State to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Sun Bowl against Villanova. Parcells would go on to start every game over his final two seasons and was selected to play in the Blue-Gray and College All-Star games.
Drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Lions, Parcells decided instead to begin his coaching career. After a season at Hastings College, he returned to Wichita State in 1965 to coach the defensive line. His college coaching resume also includes stops at Army, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech before being named the head coach at Air Force in 1978.
After one season at Air Force, Parcells left to enter the professional coaching ranks as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. After three seasons he was named head coach of the Giants in 1983. In eight seasons in New York, he led the Giants to three division championships and two NFC championships. The Giants won Super Bowl XXI over Denver in 1987 and Super Bowl XXV over Buffalo in 1991 with Parcells at the helm. He was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1989.
After a two-year hiatus he returned to the sidelines as head coach of the New England Patriots from 1993-96 leading them to an appearance against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXI.
Parcells went on to become head coach of the New York Jets from 1997-99 leading them to an appearance in the AFC Championship game in only his second season.
After a four-year retirement, he reemerged as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-06 reshaping a team that hadn't had a winning season since 1998 and turning them into a perennial winner.
Parcells finished his head-coaching career with a record of 172-130-1 and an 11-8 mark in the playoffs.
Following his coaching career Parcells entered the front office of the Miami Dolphins after the 2007 season in which the Dolphins finished a league-worst 1-15. In his first season as Executive Vice President of Football Operations, the Dolphins won the AFC East division and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
Parcells coaching tree has become well known in the NFL community especially with the success of former pupils and Super Bowl winning head coaches Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, and Sean Payton. In all, Parcells employed 10 current and former NFL and college head coaches.
Parcells will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Sat., Aug. 3, 2013 alongside Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp.
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