Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hall Calls Parcells, Snubs Strahan

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hall Calls Parcells, Snubs Strahan

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NEW ORLEANS - Mickey Corcoran is the living link on the Super Bowl-winning coaching chain that bonds Bill Parcells and Vince Lombardi.

Corcoran was Lombardi's best basketball player in high school at Englewood's St. Cecilia. Parcells was Corcoran's best basketball player at River Dell.

Within moments of learning Parcells was granted entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, meaning his former coach and former student forever would be enshrined together in Canton, Ohio, Corcoran opted to leave a voicemail on Parcells' cellphone, rather than tying up the main line at Parcells' Florida home.

"Everyone will be calling him, so I just left a message on the machine telling him how proud I am," Corcoran, 90, said by telephone from his Dumont home.

"There are so many things that are the same [between Parcells and Lombardi]. They both understood players. They could push buttons to make players better.

"They were taskmasters, tough guys -- this is the way you do it, or you're done."

The wait for the Hall of Fame finally is over for Parcells, the former Giants coach and Bergen County icon who won two Super Bowls with Big Blue and remains the only coach in NFL history to lead four different franchises to the playoffs.

The Patriots, Jets and Cowboys are the others.

"When you start in this business, you're not aspiring to do anything but really trying to win games and keep your job," said the 71-year-old Parcells, an Oradell native. "Then, after a while, your aspirations change to try and win divisions and win playoff games, and after that, to the championship level if you can get there.

"You know, when it's all over with like it has been for me for a few years, and your name is mentioned, you obviously think about it some. I'm just appreciative of everything and it's really a tribute to the players that I had that worked hard and played hard, and who had a better coaching staff than I did? …

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