Bill Parcells (born Duane Charles Parcells August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey) is the current Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He is also a former American football head coach, most recently with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003 to 2007. He is known as "The Big Tuna", a nickname derived from a team joke during his tenure as linebackers coach of the New England Patriots. Parcells won two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants, in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. He announced his third retirement from football on January 22, 2007 before returning with the Dolphins in December of that year.
Parcells was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on August 22, 1941. His mother, Ida Parcells (née Naclerio), was a housewife and his father, Charles Parcells, was an FBI agent. He is of Irish and Italian descent.
Bill Parcells played high school football at River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, NJ Bergen County, New Jersey. He was a linebacker at the University of Wichita (now Wichita State) and was actually drafted by the Detroit Lions, although he was released before playing in a single NFL game. His assistant