Belichick, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants as Parcells' defensive coordinator, issued this statement through the Patriots:
"Bill Parcells has been thought of as one of the all-time greats for a
long time, so it is with great pride that we can officially refer to him
as a Hall of Famer. He deserves all the recognition he is getting and
for his career to be celebrated in Canton forever."
Parcells was Giants head coach from 1983-90, retiring after winning his second Lombardi Trophy.
He returned to the NFL as Patriots coach in 1993, taking New England to Super Bowl XXI, a 35-21 loss to the Packers.
Parcells coached the Jets for three seasons (1997-99) and the Cowboys for four (2003-06) and had winning records for both, but he never made it back to the Super Bowl.
He joined the Dolphins as executive vice president of football operations after Miami's 1-15 2007 season.
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