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Bill Parcells is best known for his long NFL coaching career, with a keen ability to turn around losing teams.
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After finishing high school, Parcells attended Colgate University and then Wichita State, where he was a linebacker on the football team. Upon graduation, Parcells was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions, but soon realized he was more cut out for coaching than playing professional football. He took his first assistant coaching job at Hastings College in Nebraska, where his initial duties included lining the field with chalk and washing uniforms.
Parcells announced the first of his several retirements in 1991, citing heart problems. Two years later, though, he was back on the field as coach of the New England Patriots, another losing team he coached to a Super Bowl appearance within a few years. It was with the Pats that Parcells earned the nickname "Big Tuna." Said Parcells, "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.''
Parcells left football again in 1996, following the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers. This time, Parcells' retirement lasted eight days before he agreed to coach the New York Jets.
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