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Quitters never win and winners never quit

So Bill Parcells quit Monday as coach of the Cowboys. For all of you scoring at home, it's the fourth time in Parcells' career that he has quit, making him the latest to join our list of notable quitters. Check it out:

By TOM JONES
Published January 23, 2007


"Yeah, I'm a great quitter: It's one of the few things I do well. ... I come from a long line of quitters. My father was a quitter, my grandfather was a quitter. ... I was raised to give up."

- George Costanza (Jason Alexander, left) on Seinfeld

RICHARD NIXON

Prez jumped before he was pushed because, it turns out, he was a crook.

SHELLEY LONG

Quit Cheers to star in movies. Yeah, so how's that working out for you?

LYNDON JOHNSON

He neither sought nor accepted the 1968 Democratic nomination. Left us with Tricky Dick.

ROBERTO DURAN

A few jabs to the face from Sugar Ray Leonard and it was No mas! No Mas!

ASHLEE SIMPSON

When her lip-synching hit a snag on Saturday Night Live, she quit by doing some sort of kung fu/Hee Haw/Irish jig right off the stage.

DONALD RUMSFELD

After the whole weapons of mass destruction thing, he's now on the lookout for the real Nicole Simpson killers.

DAVID CARUSO

Left after one season of NYPD Blue because he thought he was a movie star. Ever hear of Jade? Kiss of Death? Hello? Anybody? He's back on TV now.

BARRY SANDERS

Walked away in prime of career. Must have had a premonition about Matt Millen.

MCLEAN STEVENSON

How to kill a career: quit M*A*S*H and star in Hello, Larry.

 

Tom Jones, Times staff writer