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August 4, 2013

Parcells may not have been loved, but he was respected

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What he said would stick with the many players, assistant coaches and members of the media.

“It’s never your fault, but you’re always there,” is a personal favorite he learned from his father.

“Burn the boats” is a line he borrowed from Greek mythology to inspire his players to be all-in and not provide themselves with an escape plan.

“Game quitters” is one he learned from boxing to describe guys who are “game to try” but will ultimately quit.

He once told CBS 11 reporter Steve Dennis, “You would be surprised how many of these players don’t want to be on the big stage.”

There are many more, still recited and used by former assistants, friends, players and media members to this day, to be passed on to others.

In Canton, Bill Parcells’ life in professional football will be celebrated where his achievements will live forever.

Across the U.S., how he affected others — good and bad — will live forever as well.

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