The 2013 NFL Hall of Fame class could have a significant New York Giant flavor to it. The New York Giants have two key members of their history among the finalists of the Hall of Fame class in Michael Strahan and Bill Parcells. To me, both belong in the Hall of Fame.
Parcells not only turned around the Giants, but after he left, turned around four other organizations. He won two Super Bowls and reached another one with the New England Patriots. He helped turn around the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins as an executive. He has numerous people who worked with him that are still making an impact on the game today. The Patriots may not be what they are today without Parcells and Bill Belichick. I think the only reason why he hasn’t gotten in yet is because he didn’t have the best relationship with members of the media.
Michael Strahan was one of the most feared pass rushers of his era. He finished in the top five in sacks four times, led the league twice, and set the single-season record for sacks in a season. He’s fifth all time in the category. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler, and a first team All-Pro in four seasons. He helped lead the Giants to the Super Bowl the first time they beat the Patriots and to another which they lost. Whether or not you think how he got the sack record is shady, he was still an elite pass rusher for a decade.
Both of these guys should be elected. It’s a strong finalist class and many, if not all, are deserving. However, these two stand out among them, and it may lead to the Giants playing in the Hall of Fame game this summer.