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Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013 finalists: Bill Parcells named finalist

Bill Parcells, the former New England Patriots coach, is one of 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013 have been announced and among them is Bill Parcells, a former coach of the New England Patriots.

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Parcells began his coaching career in college, coaching defense for teams like Army and Florida State before the Giants brought him to the NFL in 1979 as their defensive coordinator. After just one year with the Giants, though, Parcells went to the Patriots as the team's linebackers coach. He then went back to the Giants, where he stayed from 1981 until 1990, before he bounced back to the Patriots.

He was the head coach of the Patriots from 1993 to 1996 before finishing his coaching career with the Jets and Cowboys. While Parcells is likely better known for his days while coaching the Giants, in his three years as the Patriots head coach, he took the team to Super Bowl XXXI, where they lost to the Packers. He eventually left the Patriots due to a disagreement with owner Robert Kraft.

Parcells' overall coaching record in the NFL is 183-138-1 with two Super Bowl wins.