Posted: October 17, 2013 2:52 PM
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The two men who led the New York Giants from 1979-90 were together Wednesday here on the campus of Jones County Junior College.
Ray Perkins, in his second year as head coach of the Bobcats, welcomed longtime friend Bill Parcells to the Bobcat Fieldhouse. Perkins served as head coach of the Giants from 1979-82 and Parcells was the coach from 1983-90, winning two Super Bowls.
“When I was with the Giants, I asked someone who was the best linebacker coach in the country and they said it was Bill Parcells out in Colorado (Air Force Academy),” Perkins told the Bobcat team. “Well, we went and hired him and he is the best defensive coach I have ever known and he is a great friend.”
Parcells, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past summer and acknowledged Perkins during his induction speech, told the team that football brought Perkins and himself together.
“I’ve known Coach Perkins a long time and we don’t come from anywhere near the same background,” said Parcells, who now does work for ESPN Radio. “He grew up around here and I grew up just outside of New York City. We have nothing really in common except for one thing – football. We both have a passion for the game.”
Parcells also told the Bobcats to listen to Perkins and his coaches and do as they say because it will benefit them in ways outside of football.
“A good piece of advice I can give you is find out what he wants (pointing at Perkins) and do it,” he said. “Find out exactly what he wants and do it. That means go to class, that means be on time, that means practice and play hard – whatever he wants – just do it.
“One day when you are in business for yourself and your employees walk through that door sometime in the future, you will want them to do what you want them to do.”
Parcells said Perkins has been asking him to visit JCJC since he became head coach and he was finally able to arrange a visit to Ellisville.
In fact, Parcells will ride the team bus over to Summit when the 6th-ranked and 6-1 Bobcats battle Southwest Mississippi at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. JCJC can clinch the top seed in the MACJC South Division with a victory.
“Coach has been asking me to come down and see the place and take a look around,” Parcells said. “I said, ‘When are you playing?’ He told me when and I said, ‘I’m going to come down there and go to a game with you.’ So, we are going tomorrow (Thursday). And I don’t mind the bus ride.”
When Perkins took over as the JCJC head coach in December of 2011, Parcells was caught a bit off-guard.
“To be honest, I was a little surprised, but I was happy for him because I know he loves football,” he said. “I know he has a lot of passion for it and I know he has a good message for young people. I know he will be a good disciplinarian with his team. I think the results are speaking for themselves.”
Parcells signed autographs and got his picture taken with the players and coaches during his visit to the Bobcat Fieldhouse. He said the junior college locker room is no different than it is in the NFL or on the senior college level.
“It is the same for me,” he said. “I come in here and I see the same kind of dreams and hopes the NFL players have. It’s not any different.
“I coached in college for 13 or 14 years and I enjoyed coaching college football. I enjoyed the pros, as well. Coaching is coaching.”
So, when the Bobcats meet the Bears on Thursday night, look for former New York Giants head coach Ray Perkins and Bill Parcells standing together on the JCJC sidelines.
- Born in Englewood, N.J.
- Played at Wichita State
- Hastings (1964) (Linebackers)
- Wichita State (1965) (Linebackers)
- Army (1966-69) (Linebackers 1966-67 and Defensive Coordinator 1968-69)
- Florida State (1970-72) (Linebackers)
- Vanderbilt (1973-74) (Linebackers)
- Texas Tech (1975-77) (Linebackers)
- Air Force Academy (1978) (Head Coach)
- New York Giants (1979) (Defensive Coordinator)
- New England Patriots (1980) (Linebackers)
- New York Giants (1981-90) (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 1981-82 and Head Coach 1983-90. Super Bowl champions following the 1986 and 1990 seasons.)
- New England Patriots (1993-96) (Head Coach)
- New York Jets (1997-99) (Head Coach)
- Dallas Cowboys (2003-06) (Head Coach)
- New York Jets (1997-2000) (General Manager)
- Miami Dolphins (2008-10) (Executive Vice-President of Football Operations)
Bill Parcells, left, and Jones County Junior College head coach Ray Perkins pose in Coach Perkins’ office in the Bobcat Fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon. Perkins was the head coach of the New York Giants from 1979-82 and was followed by Parcells, who served from 1983-90.Photo/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information