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Juqua Parker
No. 75     Philadelphia Eagles
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: May 15, 1978 (1978-05-15) (age 31)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma State
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2001 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • None
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2009
Tackles     169
Sacks     22.0
INTs     1
Stats at NFL.com

Juqua Demail Parker (pronounced /dʒəˈkweɪ/; born Juqua Demail Thomas on May 15, 1978 in Houston, Texas) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Oklahoma State.

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College career

Parker originally attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where he posted 29 sacks in two seasons and was named Southwestern Junior College Conference Player of the Year. He then transferred to Oklahoma State, earning third team All-Big 12 Conference honors and playing in the East-West Shrine Game his senior year after posting 57 tackles, five PBUs, and a team-leading 21 TFLs & 9.5 sacks.

Professional career

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Tennessee Titans

Parker signed with the Tennessee Titans as a rookie free agent in 2001 and spent four years as a backup.

Philadelphia Eagles

Parker was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 to serve a similar role, and in 2007 signed a long-term contract to remain with the team. Midway through the 2007 season he was elevated to the starting lineup to replace an ineffective Jevon Kearse and was the team's starting left defensive end.

Parker currently has the second most sacks (including the postseason) in the NFL among undrafted players since 2006 (12.5). Only Adewale Ogunleye of the Chicago Bears has more (17.5).

Personal

Name change

On March 12, 2008, it was revealed that Juqua's last name had legally been changed from Thomas to Parker at the request of his father, who died in 2005.[1]

2009 drug possession arrest

On August 5, 2009, Parker was taken into custody during a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. on N. Mountain Drive at Route 378 in Lower Saucon Township, Pennsylvania, which is near the Eagles' training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lower Saucon Township police said Parker was a passenger in a vehicle, driven by Eagles' teammate Todd Herremans, which was stopped for a traffic violation, and he had a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Parker, of Medford, New Jersey, was arraigned in the Central Booking Center and released from Northampton County Prison under $1,000 bail.[2][3]

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