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Jim Parker
Position(s)
Offensive Lineman
Jersey #(s)
77
Born April 3, 1934(1934-04-03)
Macon, Georgia
Died July 18, 2005 (aged 71)
Columbia, Maryland
Career information
Year(s) 19571967
NFL Draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
College Ohio State
Professional teams
Career stats
Games played 135
Seasons 11
Fumble Recoveries 6
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

James Thomas "Jim" Parker (April 3, 1934 - July 18, 2005) was a college and professional American football player in the 1950s and '60s. He is a member of the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.

College career

Parker was a guard for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1954 to 1956, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. Parker was known for his size, strength and quickness, and these talents, used for clearing a path for running backs, helped demonstrate the feasibility of head coach Woody Hayes' three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense -- an offensive philosophy that had been questioned as suitable for big-time college football. Due in part to Parker, Hayes won his first national championship in 1954.

The next year, Parker opened holes to help Hopalong Cassady win the Heisman Trophy, and Parker was named as an All American by the Football Writers Association of America. In 1956, Parker was a unanimous All America selection and won the Outland Trophy. That year Parker himself finished eighth in the Heisman vote.

Parker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974, and was a charter inductee in Ohio State's own Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1999 Parker was selected as a first-team offensive guard on the "Sports Illustrated" college-football All-Century team.

NFL career

Parker was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the first round of the 1957 NFL draft, and the eighth player selected overall. The Colts, with quarterback Johnny Unitas, relied on a passing offense very different from the running offense of Ohio State. Nevertheless, Parker soon came to be known as the premier pass blocker in the game.

From 1957 until 1962, Parker played as an offensive tackle. He was selected to five Pro Bowl teams in those six years. In 1963 Parker moved to the offensive guard position, as a favor to his college coach Woody Hayes, to make room for another former Buckeye, Bob Vogel. Parker was selected to three more Pro Bowls from the guard position.

Many consider Parker to be the greatest lineman to ever play pro football. Parker was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973, his first year of eligibility. He was the first full-time offensive lineman so inducted. In 1994, Parker was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1999, he was ranked number 24 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, second among guards behind John Hannah, and third among offensive linemen behind Hannah and Anthony Munoz, both of whom began their careers well after Parker retired.

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Preceded by
Cal Jones
Outland Trophy Winners
1956
Succeeded by
Alex Karras
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Jim Parker
No. 77     
Offensive Lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: April 3, 1934(1934-04-03)
Macon, Georgia
Date of death: July 18, 2005 (aged 71)
Columbia, Maryland
Career information
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1957 for the Baltimore Colts
Last played in 1967 for the Baltimore Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

James Thomas "Jim" Parker (April 3, 1934 - July 18, 2005) was a college and professional American football player in the 1950s and '60s. He is a member of the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.

College career

Parker was a guard for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1954 to 1956, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. Parker was known for his size, strength and quickness, and these talents, used for clearing a path for running backs, helped demonstrate the feasibility of head coach Woody Hayes' three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense -- an offensive philosophy that had been questioned as suitable for big-time college football. Due in part to Parker, Hayes won his first national championship in 1954.

The next year, Parker opened holes to help Hopalong Cassady win the Heisman Trophy, and Parker was named as an All American by the Football Writers Association of America. In 1956, Parker was a unanimous All America selection and won the Outland Trophy. That year Parker himself finished eighth in the Heisman vote.

Parker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974, and was a charter inductee in Ohio State's own Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1999 Parker was selected as a first-team offensive guard on the "Sports Illustrated" college-football All-Century team.

NFL career

Parker was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the first round of the 1957 NFL draft, and the eighth player selected overall. The Colts, with quarterback Johnny Unitas, relied on a passing offense very different from the running offense of Ohio State. Nevertheless, Parker soon came to be known as the premier pass blocker in the game.

From 1957 until 1962, Parker played as an offensive tackle. He was selected to five Pro Bowl teams in those six years. In 1963 Parker moved to the offensive guard position, as a favor to his college coach Woody Hayes, to make room for another former Buckeye, Bob Vogel. Parker was selected to three more Pro Bowls from the guard position.

Many consider Parker to be the greatest lineman to ever play pro football. Parker was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973, his first year of eligibility. He was the first full-time offensive lineman so inducted. In 1994, Parker was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1999, he was ranked number 24 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, second among guards behind John Hannah, and third among offensive linemen behind Hannah and Anthony Munoz, both of whom began their careers well after Parker retired.

External links

Preceded by
Cal Jones
Outland Trophy Winners
1956
Succeeded by
Alex Karras

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