Mara, Coughlin on Parcells’ HOF Election

Here are some snap reactions to Bill Parcells’ election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this afternoon…per the Giants’ official website:

Tom Coughlin: “I don’t think there’s any question that Bill Parcells is a Hall of Fame coach. He has Hall of Fame accomplishments throughout his entire career. Parcells coached for a long time, he worked for a lot of different franchises. It was kind of surprising to me, after the first go-around, I thought, ‘Why isn’t he in?’

John Mara:“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 1960′s and 70′s when we were a laughing stock. 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.”