FOXBORO -- One-time Patriots bench boss Bill Parcells will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend. Current coach Bill Belichick was asked before Thursday's practice to talk about the Parcells era, from 1993 to 1996, in New England. Belichick noted various achievements, like Parcells winning two Super Bowl's with the Giants, that stretch over five franchises.
New England's appearance in the 1996 title game was its second Super Bowl trip in team history.
"I have a lot of respect for Bill. I learned a lot from him. I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with him and work for him," Belichick said. "[The honor] is certainly well-deserved. The Patriots are definitely an example of a team that was pretty much at rock bottom. [He] rejuvenated the franchise... he made the Patriots very competitive in a short amount of time."
Belichick's remarks closed on a more personal note.
"We could go on and on, but I think all the accolades for Bill are well-deserved. I personally value his friendship and have a lot of respect for him as a person and as a football coach-slash-football person. It's not just coaching, it's beyond that."