Discussion in 'The National Football League' started by profan, Nov 15, 2005.
Can anyone tell me how Bill Parcells came to be known as "The Tuna"? Who gave him this name?
New England media, I seem to recollect. Not because he's fat - it had something to do with him not being a "sucker" on a loaded question. Recall Charlie the Tuna commercials if you're old enough.
How did you get the nickname "Tuna?"
Parcells: When I was in Boston in my first year of the NFL on Thanksgiving, I was coaching the linebackers at the time and they tried to sucker me with the old "free turkey" down at the store. I said you must think I'm Charlie the Tuna (that was the guy that was a Starkist) at the time, and then the name just kind of stuck after that.
I have heard different versions, but apparently this was a quote of his...
This is the version I always heard...
It fits him somehow.
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