Eugene E. Parker

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Eugene Parker
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Personal information
Born (1956-02-24) February 24, 1956 (age 58)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Concordia Lutheran
(Fort Wayne, Indiana)
College Purdue (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 5 / Pick: 108[1]
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
  • Second Team All-Big Ten (media) (1976)
  • Third Team All-Big Ten (coaches) (1976)
  • Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame (2001)

Eugene Parker (born February 24, 1956) is the sports agent of Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, and many other NFL athletes. He has been named by Black Enterprise Magazines top 50 influential blacks in sports while also being known for the past two decades as owning one of the premier sports agencies in the country. Parker was also ranked 45 in the Sports Illustrated list of the top 101 most influential minorities in sports.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Parker graduated from Purdue University in 1978, and graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1982.[citation needed]. In his early years, after receiving his law degree, Parker trained his former NFL client Roosevelt Barnes to be his long-time partner in the agent business and groomed another agent Craig McKenzie a fellow graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. Parker, at his company Maximum Sports Management, now oversees 5 agents in his current practice.

When Parker was an undergrad student at Purdue University he studied Business Management. He was also a four-year starter on the Purdue men’s basketball team where he scored 1,430 career points (currently #21 on the career list). He was a team captain for two years where he earned all Big Ten awards, and the John Wooden Award as the Most Valuable Player for Purdue.[3] After his college career, Parker was drafted in the late rounds of the NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.[4] He turned down the NBA ranks to take a graduate assist coaching job at Valparaiso University while he earned a law degree. Following his collegiate career, Parker was selected for the 1978 US National Team[5] while as a member of Athletes in Action; the US Team finished the competition with a record of 3-4, good for 5th place.[6]

Parker then went on to found his company, Maximum Sports Management. His early signings included NFL All-Pro defensive players Rod Woodson and Deion Sanders.[citation needed] In 1995, Parker negotiated Deion Sanders' lucrative seven year, 35 million dollar contract, with a 13 million dollar signing bonus, which made Sanders the highest paid defensive player in the NFL at that time.[citation needed].

In 2004 he negotiated a six-year deal worth $60 million for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, making Larry the highest paid rookie in the NFL ever.[citation needed]

Many of Parker's rookie clients have been holdouts in the NFL. Most recently, the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Ndamukong Suh held out for 4 days before signing a 5 year deal worth a possible $68 Million with $40 Million guaranteed. Holdouts are nothing new, but this holdout was under more scrutiny due to the nature of the high pick.[citation needed] The prior season in 2009, San Francisco WR, Michael Crabtree, also held out for a third of his rookie season. Parker contended that Crabtree deserved more money than where he ended up being drafted.[citation needed] On August 6, 2011 Parker became one of only four sports agents to ever present a player into the National Football Hall of Fame when he presenting his long-time client and friend Deion Sanders into the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame.

Clients[edit]

Some of Parker's clients include:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [1], retrieved April 16, 2007