His coaching excellence led him to another sport. Parcells, a Hall of Fame head coach, has gotten very into horse racing, owning some major thoroughbreds.
Unfortunately, he got some terrible news this week regarding one of his horses.
His horse, Maple Leaf Mel, sustained a catastrophic injury to her leg just before the finish line at Saratoga. Because of that injury, she had to be later euthanized.
Maple Leaf Mel was owned by August Dawn Farm, which includes Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, who led the Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance during the 1996 season.
Jockey Joel Rosario was thrown to the ground and went to a hospital in Albany for further evaluation and to have stitches for facial abrasions, according to the New York Racing Association.
Maple Leaf Mel was 5-0 in her career.
Parcells coached 19 seasons in the NFL, including seven seasons with Big Blue, winning Super Bowl titles in 1986 and 1990.
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