College Days: Bill Parcells

Hall of Famers Published on : 9/27/2013
Each week throughout the 2013 season, recaps the college days of a pro football legend.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Parcells is just one of seven Pro Football Hall of Fame coaches or contributors who were selected in the NFL draft.
After one year at Colgate, which wasn't far from his hometown, Bill Parcells followed some friends to what is now known as Wichita State (until 1965, the school was called Municipal University of Wichita).

He joined the football team and his demeanor as a player was quite similar to his reputation he developed as a Hall of Fame coach. In three seasons (1961-63) as a linebacker for the Shockers he was regarded as no-nonsense and “hard-nosed.”

Parcells was key contributor to the squad during his first season of play. That year, they won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The Shockers earned a bid to the Sun Bowl where they fell to Villanova, 17-9.

He was named all-conference twice and also played in the Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl games during his collegiate playing career. Perhaps his shining moment came in one game against Tulsa when he was credited with 20 solo tackles and six sacks.

The Detroit Lions used their seventh round pick, the 89th overall, in the 1964 NFL Draft on Parcells. He opted not to play pro football. Rather, he immediately embarked on a career in coaching that ultimately earned him a bronze bust in Canton.

Wichita State dropped football after the 1986 season, the same year Parcells led the New York Giants to their first Super Bowl title.

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