New York Giants: Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former New York Giants defensive end and current mid-morning network TV star Michael Strahan was named a finalist Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

Strahan ranks fifth in NFL history and first in Giants history with 141.5 sacks, including a season-record 22.5 in 2001. He led the league in sacks that year and again in 2003. He played all of his 216 NFL games for the Giants and was named to seven Pro Bowls during a career that stretched from 1993 to 2007. His final game was the Giants' victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Pro Football Hall of Fame voting is weird and completely unpredictable, but since it was something of a surprise that Strahan wasn't elected last year, he would seem to have a strong chance of getting in this time around.

The class of 2014 will be selected Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl.

Coughlin Report: Coach excited for Parcells

August, 3, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin is excited to fly to Canton, Ohio, following Saturday's practice to see Bill Parcells' induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"It's the celebration of the apex of someone's career," Coughlin said. "The idea [is] that we do throw this 'great' word around in common usage today much too often, but Bill Parcells is a great football coach."

[+] Enlarge Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin
Lee S. Weissman/Icon SMI Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin have been colleagues and opponents during their careers.
Parcells served as the head coach of the Giants from 1983-90, winning the Super Bowl in 1986 and 1990.

Coughlin has coached the Giants since 2004, also capturing a pair of championships (2007 and 2011).

Asked if he'd think about his own possible future induction, Coughlin replied: "I don't even want to hear that stuff today. Sorry to say it that way, but that's not what this day is about. This day is about Coach Parcells, period."

Coughlin was one of Parcells' assistant coaches from 1988-90. He was asked what he learned from Parcells.

"It was just the way that he went about his business and the way the organization went about its business," Coughlin said. "The continuity, winning, the high expectation level that was put by Billy on his players. He had an ability to gauge right away whether it was championship-level or not, and his ability to communicate that in fluent 'New Jersey-ian' to his players."

No Albany: The Giants moved training camp, formerly held at the University of Albany, to their practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J., this summer.

Coughlin was asked if Albany's lack of an indoor facility had something to do with it.

"It was a big factor, no doubt about it," Coughlin said. "However, it was one of the factors. That shouldn't be used in any kind of way against the University at Albany. Mayor [Gerald] Jennings told me if that was the case, they'd find a way to have one of these facilities there."

"The fact that the CBA and the way it's conducted today and that there's only one practice [instead of two-a-days], that had an awful lot to do with it," Coughlin continued. "At least that was the argument posed. I didn't make that decision. Naturally, Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch made the decision, but that was the way I'd present it, with the CBA the way it is and one practice."

No Parcells? Shame on Hall of Fame

February, 4, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- When Bill Parcells came up for discussion Saturday during the Hall of Fame selection meeting, the 44-member committee spent nearly an hour debating the pros and cons of his candidacy, according to people in the room.

Parcells should've been a slam dunk, should've been sent to Canton on roller skates (to use one of his favorite expressions), but dissenters on the committee were bothered by his itinerant career path, one person said.

In other words, his job hopping; he was the head coach of four different teams.

That was a ridiculous reason to keep Parcells out of the Hall of Fame.

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