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 Jim Parker

Jim Parker

Original Name James Thomas
Birth
Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA
Death 18 Jul 2005 (aged 71)
Columbia, Howard County, Maryland, USA
Burial Windsor Mill Manor, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 11390609 · View Source
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Professional Football Player. He was a Hall of Fame lineman with the Baltimore Colts who made a career out of masterfully blocking for Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore. Parker, the Colts' first pick in the 1957 draft, helped Baltimore win two NFL championships before retiring in 1967. He earned All-Pro honors in eight straight seasons, was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and in 1973 became the first full-time offensive lineman to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He spent half his career at left tackle and the other half at left guard, manning both positions with equal effectiveness. Unitas, Moore and Raymond Berry got most of the accolades when the Colts won titles in 1958 and 1959, but Parker was a key component of that offense. The 6-foot-3, 273-pound Parker came to the Colts after a stellar career at Ohio State during which he won the Outland Trophy and was twice named to the first-team All-America squad. He played offense and defense for the Buckeyes. During his career at OSU, the Buckeyes won two Big Ten titles, a national title, and went 23-5. In addition to the Pro Football Hall of fame, Parker is also in the Ohio High School Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Ron Moody


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 20 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11390609
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jim Parker (3 Apr 1934–18 Jul 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11390609, citing King Memorial Park, Windsor Mill Manor, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .