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Tuna on coaching: 'I'm done'

5. BILL PARCELLS Giants, 1983-90 When it seemed

Giants, 1983-90
When it seemed like the venerable Giants franchise never would win a Super Bowl, Parcells led them to two titles with his strategy and bravado. Later, he revived the Jets and brought them within one game of the Super Bowl. Credit: AP

Bill Parcells has said on more than one occasion that he's through coaching, only to return to the NFL. But it sounds this time like Parcells really means it. 

"I'm done," Parcells told Patriots reporters on a conference call this morning to discuss his nomination for the first-ever class of the newly created Patriots' Hall of Fame. "

"I think I'm going to leave the to leave the NFL to someone else right now,” he said.

Parcells retired as the Giants' head coach after winning his second Super Bowl following the 1990 regular season. But he returned to the sidelines with the Patriots in 1993, coaching them to a Super Bowl after the 1996 season. He left the team in a contract dispute and signed with the Jets, where he coached from 1997-99. He announced in early 2000 that he was finished for good. 

"Write it on your chalkboard, fellas," he told reporters at a news conference after the season. "I've coached my last game." 

But he wasn't done then, either. Parcells returned to the sidelines in 2003, coaching the Cowboys for four seasons before retiring again. He joined the Dolphins as director of football operations, but stepped down before the start of the 2010 season. He is no longer affiliated with the team. 

Looking back on his Patriots' career, Parcells regrets how it ended. 

"As you know, we had a couple domestic misunderstandings with ownership I do regret,” Parcells said. “Those things since have been resolved. I think retrospectively, I would have handled things substantially different than I did.”

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