Bill Parcells

Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells, one of the most successful and respected coaches in National Football League history, returned to ESPN for the 2011 season as a contributor to Sunday NFL Countdown. In his third stint as an ESPN NFL analyst, the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist has appeared in the SportsCenter Special shows Bill Parcells: Draft Confidential and Bill Parcells: Super Bowl Confidential in addition to his regular Countdown role.

Parcells previously worked at ESPN during the 2001 season as a guest analyst; in 2002 as a studio analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown; and in 2007 as an analyst on Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter and other programs. He also contributed weekly columns to and joined Chris Mortensen for a weekly ESPN Radio show on Friday evenings during the NFL season.

Parcells has worked in football for more than three decades. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10. During his first season, he helped engineer a remarkable 10-game turnaround from the previous year as the Dolphins finished 11-5 and became AFC East champions and returned to the playoffs.

In 19 NFL seasons as a head coach, Parcells posted a career record of 183-138-1 with four teams – the New York Giants (1983-90), New England Patriots (1993-96), New York Jets (1997-99) and Cowboys (2003-06).  A two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants (1986 and 1990), Parcells is one of only five coaches in NFL history to lead two separate teams to the Super Bowl, having also guided the Patriots to the NFL title game in 1996.  He ranks 10th on the NFL’s list of all-time winningest head coaches, and his 11 playoff victories are tied for the eighth most in NFL history.

Parcells mentored a number of assistant coaches who have become highly successful NFL head coaches, including Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, both multiple Super Bowl winners who coached the Patriots and Giants, respectively in Super Bowl XLVI. Other Parcells protégées include Saints Super Bowl winner Sean Payton, former NFL coach and fellow ESPN analyst Eric Mangini, Tony Sparano, Todd Haley and others.

Parcells led the N.Y. Giants to a franchise-best 14-2 record, a division title and a victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI during the 1986 season.  He won two more division titles and another Super Bowl in 1990 before taking a break from football in 1991-1992 to serve as a studio and game analyst for NBC Sports. When he returned to the sidelines, Parcells led the Patriots to the playoffs for the first time in eight years in 1994, and two years later he had them in the Super Bowl.  Parcells then took a Jets team that went 1-15 before his arrival and turned the franchise around, managing a 9-7 record in 1997 and a 12-4 record and an AFC Championship appearance in 1998.

In his most recent stint as an NFL head coach, Parcells helped rebuild the famed Dallas Cowboys franchise, leading the team to two playoffs appearances (2003 and 2006) and compiling a 34-32 record in four seasons, becoming the first head coach in NFL history to lead four different teams to the playoffs. He stepped down in January 2006 after leading Dallas to a Wild Card playoff berth – the team’s last postseason appearance.

Parcells began his coaching career directly out of college, taking assistant coaching positions at Hastings (1964), Wichita State (1965), Army (1966-1969), Florida State (1970-1972), Vanderbilt (1973-1974) and Texas Tech (1975-1977). He was the head coach at Air Force in 1978.

Parcells was graduated from the University of Wichita (now Wichita State) in 1963. He played linebacker for the Shockers for three years, once compiling 20 tackles and six sacks in a game against Tulsa University.

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