June 15, 2024


Buddy Parker, a two-time championship coach, obtained the nod over Kraft.

Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft. AP Picture/Steven Senne
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Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft must wait no less than one other 12 months to be enshrined within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.

The Corridor of Fame introduced Wednesday that it chosen former Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Buddy Parker as its finalist within the coach/contributor class.

Earlier than follow on Wednesday, Patriots coach Invoice Belichick instructed reporters that he had his fingers crossed for Kraft, who was chosen as a semifinalist final month.

However, the vote didn’t go in Kraft’s favor.

Parker, who coached 15 seasons within the NFL, has a pair of championships and a 107-76-9 total document. He’s credited as an early innovator within the recreation. In line with the put up on the Corridor of Fame’s web site, his Detroit Lions groups adopted an early model of the two-minute offense.

Parker, who died in 1982, will probably be elected to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame if he receives 80 % of the upcoming vote on the choice assembly early subsequent 12 months.

Kraft and Parker had been amongst a pool of semifinalists together with: Tom Coughlin, Mike Holmgren, Frank “Bucko” Kilroy, Dan Reeves, Artwork Rooney Jr., Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy, Lloyd Wells and John Wooten.

Kraft, 81, bought the Patriots in 1994. He has received six Tremendous Bowls as an proprietor. After threatening to maneuver the crew to Hartford, he ended up protecting the Patriots primarily based in Foxborough and constructing one of many premier dynasties in NFL.

In line with the Corridor of Fame’s web site, there are 31 contributors who’ve been enshrined, together with a number of homeowners. Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones is amongst them.