Professional Football Player. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he played the position of running back, quarterback, and defense for the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions, Toronto Argonauts, and the Edmonton Eskimos. He was also the Head Coach of the Eskimos from 1983 to 1987. A star football player at the Jones County Junior College from 1950 to 1951, he later became a member of the "Bulldogs" at Mississippi State University. Known as 'Ol' Spaghetti Legs', he was involved in the Grey Cup Victories of 1954, 1955, and 1957. Parker, who retired from playing football in 1968, went onto become a successful coach and assistant manager in the years that followed with both the Eskimos and the BC Lions. Among his his other honours was being named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 1957, 1958, and 1960, CFL All-Star in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961, Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy for the West Division's Most Outstanding Player in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961, and the Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy as Top Scorer in the West Division for 1959 and 1961. Parker was also inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, Mississippi State University Hall of Fame in 1972, College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, honoured on the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour in 1983, and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. (bio by: K)
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You were a great player before I was born. My parents loved you.I love your Team the Edmonton Eskimos. After your death CBC ran a grey cup from your era in black and white and I got to see you play. You were great -
leslie sorensen Added: Sep. 2, 2015