Parcells' coaching career had humble origins with Hastings
Bill Parcells, left, receives his symbolic gold jacket from his presenter George Martin, right, during the Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center Friday in Canton, Ohio. Parcells will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.
Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Bill Parcells learned a life-changing lesson in his first coaching job at Hastings College in Nebraska — give your team the best chance to win.
If that later meant cutting a couple of popular guys to get his type of tough-minded players, or tearing down a perennial All-Pro linebacker to make him better, patting a shy player on the butt instead of yelling at him, spending the endless hours on the X's and O's or even looking the other way with Lawrence Taylor, at times, Parcells did it.
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