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NFL: America's Game: 1986 New York Giants 2006

  • December 19, 2006
  • 80 mins
Bill Parcells has coached many great players over his NFL career, yet only a select few have been allowed to enter his inner circle. These are his "guys." The 86 Giants had a few "Parcells guys". Outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor collected 20.5 sacks that season and won the NFL MVP Award, the first defensive player to do so since 71. Joe Morris, a 1,500 yard rusher, was a Parcells favorite. Harry Carson, the vocal middle linebacker, and Mark Bavaro, a reserved tight end, were Parcells men, too. Quarterback Phil Simms was another matter. In eight years with the Giants, Simms had been maligned by the media and the fans for being good, but seldom great. Even a 14-2 regular season did not silence Simms' critics, or fully satisfy the demands of his head coach. Then, in Super Bowl XXI against Denver, Simms became the ultimate Parcells player, passing with a degree of precision unmatched in the big game's history.

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