In advance of Bill Parcells' induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reflects on what he meant to the Patriots franchise when he was here from 1993-96.
Here's an excerpt:
Playing for Parcells for just one year, his rookie season in 1996, Tedy Bruschi credits him for helping establish a foundation that he carried with him the rest of his career.
“I wish I had him more [years],” Bruschi said during his induction speech into the Patriots Hall of Fame this week. “He helped me become a professional football player, not so much football knowledge but football survival, and how you survive in this league. He said to all of us, ‘Football will give you a lot of things -- you can buy a nice car, you can buy a nice house, it will get you some fame. But there are certain things you have to earn in the game of football. And you have to earn your respect, and you have to earn championships.’ That’s what Bill Parcells taught me.”