Bill Parcells won two Super Bowls as head coach of the New York Giants and was an inaugural member of the team's Ring of Honor. He now is one step closer to the ultimate NFL honor -- the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He is one of 17 finalists for induction into the class of 2012, the New York Post and NFL.com reported.
Parcells guided the Giants to the franchise's first two Super Bowl titles, after the 1986 and 1990 seasons. He went on to coach the Patriots (1993-96) -- leading them to a Super Bowl, the Jets (1997-99) and the Cowboys (2003-06).
Joining him as a Hall of Fame candidate is former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin, drafted by Parcells at the Patriots in 1995. After moving to the Jets he became the franchise's all-time leading rusher with 10,302 yards.
The final selections will be made Feb. 4 in Indianapolis, the day before Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. A candidate needs the support of 80 percent of Hall of Fame committee members to gain entry, NFL.com reported.
Joining Parcells and Martin on the ballot are Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Jack Butler, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed, Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Dick Stanfel and Aeneas Williams.
Butler and Stanfel -- who played in the 1950s -- are senior nominees, while the other 15 are from the modern era.