Is it the two Super Bowl rings? The nine NFL seasons with at least 10 wins? The playoff consistency with eight divisional NFC East titles? Whatever the formula, Bill Parcells was officially recognized as one of the league’s all-time great coaches, selected for induction this summer in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Parcells had a 22-year career patrolling the sidelines, half of that was leading the New York Giants. Scott Clark was at WABC-TV for much the Parcells run in East Rutherford, New Jersey, including victories in Super Bowl XXI and XXV.
“[His] record speaks for itself, and to that end, I remember him many times saying, ‘It is what it is fellas. You are what you are.’”
Parcells will join a couple of his former Giants defensive players for enshrinement–Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson.
Before coming to New York, Clark covered another eventual Hall of Fame coach, Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins.
“Gibbs and Parcells were vastly different personalities, but they shared similar traits,” Clark tells FishbowlNY. “They out worked everybody else, 24/7. [There were] cots in the office, living, eating, breathing their respective jobs.”