Tuna goes to Canton: Reactions
February, 2, 2013
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Bill Parcells, who coached the Jets from 1997 to 1999 and served as their general manager in 2000, was selected Saturday night to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reaction immediately started pouring in from his former teams. As of 7:30 p.m., the Jets still hadn't acknowledged it with so much as a tweet.
Update (8:58 p.m.): Woody Johnson, Jets owner:
"Bill Parcells infused new life into this franchise on many levels. From acquiring players like Curtis Martin to bringing back a winning culture, we will always be grateful to Bill for his contributions to the New York Jets. On behalf of the entire organization, I congratulate Bill on his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
John Mara, Giants president and CEO:
"I'm very happy for Bill. This is long overdue. He's one of the best coaches in NFL history. He turned our franchise around. We went through a long period in the 1960s and '70s when we were a laughingstock. When Bill took over in 1983 he survived a very difficult first year, but then turned us into a perennial playoff contender and won two Super Bowls for us. He coached three other teams and everywhere he went, he had great success. I'm very happy that he will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
Robert Kraft, Patriots chairman and CEO:
"Congratulations to Coach Parcells on his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is well deserved. As a Patriots fan, I will always appreciate the credibility he brought to our franchise as a two-time Super Bowl champion. We had never had a head coach with those credentials. I am very happy for Bill and look forward to his enshrinement ceremonies."
Bill Belichick, Patriots coach:
"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."
Jeff Ireland, Dolphins general manager:
"I want to congratulate Bill on being selected to the NFLs highest honor -- the Hall of Fame. His contributions to the game and to people in the game are countless. Having worked with him, I saw first-hand the philosophy and culture he espoused that made him so successful, and like so many others before me, I continue to use many of those principles to build a winning team. I learned a great deal from him and it has been a true pleasure working alongside such an iconic and legendary man."
Keyshawn Johnson, former Jets and Cowboys wide receiver/ESPN analyst:
"I am so proud to have played for Bill Parcells. He is a true teacher of men. You always knew where you stood with him, and I trusted him as much as any coach I ever played for … at any level. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for him because he helped shape my career in so many ways. I congratulate him on this Pro Football Hall of Fame honor, which he is so deserving."