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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Coughlin report: TC raves about HOF

By Ohm Youngmisuk

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin didn't have a whole lot of expansive things to say about practice and his team.

But when asked about his experience at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday night, Coughlin couldn't stop talking. In fact, Coughlin practically delivered his own speech on all the positives that one should take from the Hall of Fame speeches.

The experience clearly left an impression on Coughlin, who was there with the Mara family and other Giants employees in support of Bill Parcells.

Bill Parcells
Bill Parcells was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in Canton, Ohio.
"With Bill Parcells’ talk, which was an outstanding talk, but what he did at the end when he talked about the locker room, that was a huge message there," Coughlin said of Parcells' speech, which included a part on the diversity of a football locker room. "Not only for athletics. For life, for the world that we live in. You know, you have all different kinds of guys from all different backgrounds, all different races and creeds, and they come together and the one thing that works is if everybody’s there for the same purpose, for the common good.

"I thought that was a very, very good statement," Coughlin continued. "He went further when he talked about the dark side. You know when you had the pockets of people in that situation in the locker room that won’t let things progress because they’re constantly pointing the blame at somebody else rather than right back where it should be."

Coughlin said he was incredibly impressed with the humility the latest crop of Hall of Famers displayed in their speeches.

"When you listen to the honorees, their discussions are very much in recognition not only of their own ability, but all those who have contributed to their being in that spot," Coughlin said. "You’re talking about someone who becomes more and more humble as he talks about this wonderful honor. That, to me, was huge because our game is the greatest game of all, but it takes 11 (players), OK. No one person, no one person does it all by himself.

"The more you understand that, the more you have the opportunity to understand when this tremendous honor comes to these players and coaches who are inducted, they take the time to thank those along the way," Coughlin continued. "And in so doing they really do grasp the idea that you can’t possibly do it alone."

Coughlin also was touched by the raw emotions some of the Hall of Famers showed.

"You also understand the emotion, the tremendous emotion," Coughlin said. "When you listen to Cris Carter, or to Warren Sapp, they were really emotional. They were very much, very emotional about being able to be there and to receive this incredible honor, so I thought that was great."