Bill Parcells Best Quotes

Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells (born August 22, 1941) is a former American football head coach, both in college with the Air Force Falcons, and the National Football League with the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys and is currently a “Courtesy Consultant” for the Cleveland Browns. He is known as “The Big Tuna”, a nickname about the shape of his physique derived from a team joke during his tenure as linebackers coach of the New England Patriots. Enjoy Bill Parcells’s best quotes below.

Bill Parcells
“If you have fun, fine. It’s not all life and death.”
“You don’t get any medal for trying something, you get medals for results.”
“No matter how much you’ve won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you’re not winning now, so you stink.”
“When you don’t know that you don’t know, it’s a lot different than when you do know that you don’t know.”
“If you’ve ever won a championship, then that’s all you’re interested in doing.”
“Don’t worry about it. It’s just a bunch of guys with an odd-shaped ball.”
“There are two things in New York, euphoria and disaster.”
“Success is never final, but failure can be.”
“Nowadays, if you are afraid of confrontation, you are not going to do very well.”
“If I have affected someone in a positive way, that means a lot to me.”
“I’m not really in the excuse business.”
“I can’t live my life worrying about something that might never happen.”
“There is winning and there is misery.”
“Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players. Any coach would tell you that. I’m no different.”
“I just try to do the best job I possibly can – put the blinders on, go to work and be the best you can possibly be. Once you have done everything that you possibly can – you’ve put forth your greatest effort – then I can live with whatever’s next.”
“By and large, I’ve been healthy all my life.”
“I grew up under demanding people, that demanded things from you, expected you to toe the mark.”
“My entire life has been spent thinking about this game. That’s pretty narrow… I don’t view myself as a person who’s well-versed in very many subjects. I’m not proud of that.”
“I think confrontation is healthy, because it clears the air very quickly.”
“I’ve been around enough to know what it takes to get a team to reach its potential, and I want players who want to reach their potential.”
“You are what you are.”
“I’ll call somebody ‘dumb’ or ‘stupid’ if they make a dumb or stupid play. I don’t know any other word for it, and if they don’t like the word, that’s too bad.”
“The only players I hurt with my words are the ones who have an inflated opinion of their ability. I can’t worry about that.”
“If the players don’t trust the coach, it is a problem, and vice versa.”
“Something goes wrong, I yell at them -’Fix it’- whether it’s their fault or not. You can only really yell at the players you trust.”
“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a quarterback who thinks playing quarterback is just about passing.”
“If you got anything to you at all as an athlete and a competitor, you don’t care what the circumstances are. You still got competition.”
“The media dwells mostly on negativity.”
“Even when you’re successful, even when you win the game, about an hour after the game, you have a litany of things that you now deal with that are problematic… So the times that you are happy are minute compared to the time that you’re dealing with problems.”
“I was fighting every windmill, especially when I was in college.”
“I think there are a lot of good people, a lot of good football guys in the NFL.”
“I’m not trying to keep anybody happy.”
“The fans, with all due respect, they don’t affect the decisions I would make as a coach.”
“Why would you live your life worrying about something that’s not going to happen?”
“You ask yourself, ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’ I’m content at this point to say, ‘Those who follow me.’ Romeo Crennel, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, to name a few. I think I’ve got a pretty good group, so far.”
“You as an individual coach have a responsibility to try to give those players who put themselves at risk and in harm’s way a chance to achieve success, and that goes for universities and professional teams, as well.”
“God’s been good to me, He really has. I don’t know why he picked me out… Just think about it: I virtually coached in my hometown. From the middle of the Meadowlands field, it can’t be but a couple of miles. I was lucky to do that.”
“I have a lot of great friends in football. The game was great to me. And I’ve been able to do other things in television and enjoy that, meeting those people.”
“Usually older players, late in the season, start to get cold.”
“When Super Bowl time comes around, I get jealous.”
“So if the players trust the coach, it’s not a problem. If the players don’t trust the coach, it is a problem, and vice versa.”
“I am demanding.”
“I don’t look at a problem and put variables in there that don’t affect it.”
“I don’t have to make examples out of players to establish my own place. I don’t feel like I have to.”
“I don’t think, I don’t intend to make people miserable. I am demanding.”
“I love football; I enjoy it. That’s why I’ve been in this game as many years as I have. I still like it. I get excited about it.”
“I’m a little superstitious.”
“I’ve had a long standing relationship with Gatorade, and they’ve been very, very good to me. And I believe in their products; I really do.”
“If you’re sensitive, you will have a hard time with me.”
“The thing I really look for in this business is there are guys who are into football and there are guys who are in the profession for other reasons.”
“You get too old to lose. When you were a young guy, you bounced back from losses.”
“I just coach the way I was coached when I was young, in my formative years. I grew up under demanding people, that demanded things from you, expected you to toe the mark.”
“There’s a line, players usually don’t cross it and coaches usually don’t cross it. Every once in a while you get a little temper tantrum on both sides, I certainly have had ‘em. I’m not proud of those.”
“I spent a lot of time with my teams, especially in the East Coast teams, talking about dealing with the elements a lot of time, and a lot of instruction about field position and those kind of things. I like that variable.”
“Well, I’ve had a long standing relationship with Gatorade and they’ve been very, very good to me. And I believe in their products, I really do. I’ve used them for many, many years.”
“I like linebackers. I collect ‘em. You can’t have too many good ones.”
“I got more money than I can spend now.”
“I have a house in Saratoga Springs.”
“When I was a young coach, there were people like Chuck Noll, Chuck Knox and Tom Landry who were there for me.”
“The NFL has been good to me.”
“When I was coaching with the Patriots, the players pulled a practical joke and I said, ‘Do you think I’m Charlie the Tuna, like a sucker?’ After that, they called me Tuna.”

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