Former Dolphins EVP Parcells, WR Carter Voted Into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Legendary coach and wide receiver to be enshrined in Canton with the Class of 2013.

Less than a year after retiring for the last time as a head football coach in the National Football League, Bill Parcells was hired as Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins. All he did in 2008 was help engineer the greatest single-season turnaround in league history, and now he is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wide receiver Cris Carter joined Parcells as the other member of this year's Hall-of-Fame class with Dolphins ties. Carter finished his 16-year career in 2002 with Miami.

Under Parcells’ leadership and the vision of General Manager Jeff Ireland and Head Coach Tony Sparano, Miami went 11-5 after finishing 1-15 the year before. In the process, the Dolphins won their first AFC East crown since 2000 and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

Parcells’ legacy was carved out long before he was introduced to the South Florida media on a December afternoon in 2007, having coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories and having taken the New England Patriots to the brink of another. He also quickly turned around the New York Jets from a 1-15 team to the AFC Championship game in just two years as both head coach and general manager before taking one final stab at coaching with the Dallas Cowboys in 2003.

“I want to congratulate Bill Parcells on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Dolphins owner Steve Ross said. “He had his own unique style in building a successful organization and instilled a winning mindset at all levels as both a coach and executive. While he might have had different levels of success at each of the teams he worked for, he always left each franchise far better off than how he found it.”

"I want to congratulate Bill on being selected to the NFLs highest honor...The Hall of Fame," Ireland said. "His contributions to the game and to people in the game are countless. Having worked with him, I saw first-hand the philosophy and culture he espoused that made him so successful, and like so many others before me, I continue to use many of those principles to build a winning team. I learned a great deal from him and it has been a true pleasure working alongside such an iconic and legendary man."

From 1983-90, Parcells was at the helm of a New York Giants team that boasted the best defensive player in the league in linebacker Lawrence Taylor and a team that put in a big dent in the dynasty that was the San Francisco 49ers. Twice during his career Parcells was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press (1986 and 1994).

Parcells quickly earned recognition as a top-flight talent evaluator and what he was able to do in New England, with the Jets and in Dallas only raised his stock. Both the Atlanta Falcons and the Dolphins pursued him in 2007 and the Dolphins won out, yielding immediate results.

Carter played wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987–89), the Minnesota Vikings (1990–2001) and the Miami Dolphins (2002). He finished No. 2 behind Jerry Rice in career receptions (1,101) and touchdowns (130) by a receiver. On December 28, 2008 Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts passed Carter to take the second place position in career receptions. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens have since passed him in touchdown receptions. He is one of only eight players in NFL History with 1,000 or more receptions (1,101). He was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

During the spring of 2002, Carter joined HBO's Inside the NFL team as an analyst on May 21. He served in that capacity until October 21 when the Miami Dolphins lured the veteran back onto the playing field to bolster their injury-riddled receiving corps. The Miami resident started in his first game as a Dolphin at Lambeau Field in Week 9, catching 3 passes for 31 yards. During the week that followed, he checked into the hospital with a kidney ailment and was sidelined for the next four weeks. Carter returned in Week 14. In Week 15, he caught a touchdown pass as the Dolphins beat the Raiders 23–17. Following the season, Carter quietly retired.

“The Miami Dolphins congratulate Cris Carter on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013. He truly deserves to take his place among the greats of professional football and we congratulate him on this prestigious honor.”
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