Bill Parcells' HOF Selection Marks New Wave of Patriots Bound for Canton

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Bill Parcells' HOF Selection Marks New Wave of Patriots Bound for Canton
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Former New England Patriots head coach Bill Parcells has been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame class of 2013.

Parcells, who famously quarreled with owner Robert Kraft over personnel decisions, led the team to its second Super Bowl appearance following the 1996 season. That team, led by quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin, played the game under the cloud of Parcells' impending departure.

In a bizarre turn of events, Parcells decided he was leaving New England before even taking the field for the NFL Championship. The Patriots were shellacked by the Green Bay Packers and Parcells skipped town to go grocery shopping in New York, taking Martin and assistant coach Bill Belichick with him.

The befuddling end to his tenure with the Patriots doesn't diminish his accomplishments, though. He guided the Patriots out of the NFL's doldrums and into the national spotlight. He established a culture of winning that New England had never known before, and he was the only coach ever able to effectively motivate the enigmatic Terry Glenn.

Parcells will be just the sixth member of the Patriots enshrined in Canton, but with the team's dynasty years coming to an end, his induction will signal the start of a new wave of Patriots bound for busts.

Here are 10 Patriots, current or former, who stand to one day join Parcells in the NFL's most hallowed pantheon.

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