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Woodson: “Parcells taught me how to be a pro”

MINNEAPOLIS – In the 1990s and 2000s, ESPN NFL analyst Darren Woodson was an accomplished pro football player and three-time Super Bowl champion.

But the former Dallas Cowboys star safety says he was well into his 13-year career when he finally learned how to play the game, thanks to Bill Parcells becoming head coach in 2003.

Woodson, who is part of ESPN’s comprehensive Super Bowl LII coverage here, explains what he learned from the Hall Of Fame head coach in the video above. Parcells and one of his star pupils and contemporaries, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, are the subjects of the new 30 for 30 “The Two Bills” (premieres tonight, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

In another Front Row video, Woodson explains Parcells’ “scorched earth” approach to taking over an NFL team.

In this exclusive excerpt from “The Two Bills” below, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin provides his perspective. Parcells and Belichick autograph a table in the New York Giants locker room where they were jointly interviewed for the film.

Shelby L. Lacy and Bill Hofheimer produced the Woodson interview videos. “The Two Bills” exclusive clip is courtesy of ESPN Films.