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Parcells: A Football Life

Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio
  • Imprint: Crown Archetype
  • On sale: October 28, 2014
  • Price: $30.00
  • Pages: 544
  • ISBN: 9780385346351
Contact: Ellen Folan

The modern history of the NFL can’t be told without Parcells as a central character. During his decades-long tenure in the NFL, he coached some of the game’s greatest players, turned failing franchises into contenders, and mentored a new generation of its brightest coaches all on the way to his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Now, with remarkable candor, Coach Parcells opens up about his life and extraordinary career.

In just a sampling of his impressive résumé, he led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories, turned the New England Patriots from a team best known for their drug scandals into an NFL powerhouse, reinvigorated the New York Jets, and brought the Dallas Cowboys back to life. Exemplifying leadership and spurring loyalty, Parcells produced a coaching tree that includes winners of six Super Bowls: Bill Belichick (three), Tom Coughlin (two), and Sean Payton (one); he coached some of the game’s most impressive talent, including Lawrence Taylor, Curtis Martin, Harry Carson, and Keyshawn Johnson; and he worked for some of its most powerful owners—Robert Kraft, Leon Hess, Wellington Mara, and Jerry Jones.

Now, taking readers further behind the scenes than they’ve ever had a chance to go with one of the most influential and fascinating coaches the NFL has ever known, PARCELLS: A Football Life by Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio (Crown Archetype; October 28, 2014) covers it all, from his early days falling in love with sports on the fields of northern New Jersey to his colorful family life, his formative years as a young college coach starting a close friendship with Bobby Knight, his vast relationships and various NFL rivalries, and his myriad accomplishments as a head coach. Known throughout his career for being less than revealing when speaking with the media, Parcells for the first time dives deep into the details of relationships that defined him, on and off the gridiron, and dishes on some of the untold stories involving major sports figures including Al Davis, Tony Dungy, Woody Hayes, Tony La Russa, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Nick Saban, and Bill Walsh.

Written in collaboration with veteran sportswriter Nunyo Demasio, who spent several years interviewing his subject and more than a hundred other people who knew him, from his secretaries to the owners he worked for, PARCELLS is a front-row seat to a history lesson in the NFL over the past thirty years and football over the last half century.

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BILL PARCELLS is a Hall of Fame football coach living in southern Florida. NUNYO DEMASIO is a reporter and feature writer who has written for the New York Daily News, New York Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN: The Magazine.

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