Saturday, February 2, 2013
Dolphins react to Bill Parcells, Hall of Fame
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins were the last team 2013 Hall of Famer Bill Parcells worked for. He led the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first year as team president in 2008. But Parcells decided to leave early partly due to an ownership change during his tenure.
Still, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was one of the first to publicly congratulate Parcells on his Hall of Fame selection Saturday evening, in a statement released by the team.
“I want to congratulate Bill Parcells on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Ross said. “He had his own unique style in building a successful organization and instilled a winning mindset at all levels as both a coach and executive. While he might have had different levels of success at each of the teams he worked for, he always left each franchise far better off than how he found it.”
Miami general manager Jeff Ireland, who was an understudy of Parcells', also weighed in.
“I want to congratulate Bill on being selected to the NFL's highest honor ... the Hall of Fame,” Ireland said. “His contributions to the game and to people in the game are countless. Having worked with him, I saw firsthand the philosophy and culture he espoused that made him so successful, and like so many others before me, I continue to use many of those principles to build a winning team. I learned a great deal from him, and it has been a true pleasure working alongside such an iconic and legendary man.”
Parcells spent time with three teams in the AFC East: the Dolphins, New York Jets and New England Patriots. As Ross mentioned, Parcells had a way of making all his teams better than when he arrived.