Cowboys Larry Allen and Bill Parcels to be enshrined into NFL Hall of Fame
Parcells was one of the three non-players finalists on the ballot, and the only to be inducted. Parcells made his impact on many teams, winning two Super Bowls with the Giants (1986, 1990). He also took three other franchises to the playoffs. He took the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXI in 1996, and also put the Jets in the 1998 AFC Championship game.
The ‘Tuna’ also turned around the Cowboys, and got them in the playoffs in 2006. Parcells has 172 wins, which ranks 10th all-time in the NFL.
Allen received his bust as a first-ballot selection in his first year of eligibility. Allen is one of 18 two-time NFL all-decade selections since the merger.
This is elite company, with the likes of Dick Butkus (60-70), John Hannah (70-80), Ronnie Lott (80-90), and Willie Roaf (90-2K), just to name a few. His reign was in the 1990s and 2000s – two of the most talented decades in the history of the NFL.
Allen was selected to 10 Pro Bowls, which is second, only to one of the greatest Cowboys of all-time, in defensive lineman Bob Lilly, the only other Cowboy to garner two all-decade selections.
Allen is the seventh first-ballot selection in franchise history, joining Lilly, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith – all of which are in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.