In an interview with Newsday's Bob Glauber, former Giants' head coach said that he would consider returning to the sidelines to coach the embattled New Orleans Saints if Sean Payton asks him.
"If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this," Parcells told Glauber yesterday. "That's what friends are supposed to be for."
Parcells had vowed that his days on the sidelines were over. His health is an issue and he is - for all intents and purposes - retired. He cited that this situation was unique enough to possibly bring him back.
"The thing with this one,'' he said, "it's a little more personal to me, because this is one of my guys." Payton was Parcells' offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in Dallas before being named head coach of the Saints in 2006.
Asked if coming back would hurt his Hall of Fame chances, Parcells said that was not going to effect his decision.
"That's not even a factor right now," he told Glauber. "I can't live my life worrying about something that might never happen. I have to be honest with myself. I don't know if that's going to happen or not. Why would you live your life worrying about something that's not going to happen? Don't assume that I don't think that's important to me, because it is. But I'm not making any personal decision based on that."