Jackie Parker holding the 1954 Grey Cup Championship trophy following the game
|Date of birth:||January 1, 1932|
|Place of birth:||Knoxville, Tennessee|
|Date of death:||November 7, 2006(aged 74)|
|Place of death:||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|College:||Jones County Junior College
|NFL Draft:||1953 / Round: 27 / Pick: 325|
|Drafted by:||Detroit Lions|
Career highlights and awards
|Awards:||1952 All Southeastern Conference
1952 Nashville Banner SEC MVP
1953 Cosida All-Academic team
1953 Birmingham QB Club MVP
1953 Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Year
1953 All Southeastern Conference
1953 Nashville Banner SEC MVP
1953 FWAA All American
1954 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1956 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1957 Schenley Award
1957 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1958 Schenley Award
1958 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1959 Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy
1959 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1960 Schenley Award
1960 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1961 Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy
1961 Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
|Honors:||1983 – Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour
1972 - Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame
1972 - Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Mississippi State Records
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Jack Dickerson "Jackie" Parker (January 1, 1932 – November 7, 2006), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, was an American football player who became an All-American in college football and an outstanding professional football player in the Canadian Football League at the running back, quarterback, defensive back, and kicker positions. He is primarily known for his play with the Edmonton Eskimos. Later in his career, he played for the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions, and coached the Eskimos and Lions after his playing career ended.
Parker was named a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976. In November, 2006, Parker was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (No. 3) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Parker played his first two years of college football for Jones County Junior College from 1950-51. He then transferred to Mississippi State University where he spent two seasons as a member of the Bulldogs.
While playing at Mississippi State he was named to the 1952 and 1953 All Southeastern Conference teams and the 1953 College Football All-America Team. In 1952 he led all NCAA Division I players in points scored with 120. Parker won numerous other honors during his college career including being named the Nashville Banner SEC MVP in 1952 and 53, the Birmingham QB Club MVP in 1953 (an award he shared with teammate Hal Easterwood who was a lineman), and being named the Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Year in 1953.
Parker rewrote the record books at MSU and still holds several school records.
- Most points scored by a non-kicker in a single season with 120 in 1952 (tied by Vick Ballard in 2010).
- Most total points responsible for in a single season with 168 in 1952.
- Highest career yards per pass attempt at 8.518.
- Most rushing touchdowns in a single (modern) game with 4 vs Arkansas State in 1952 (record shared with 4 others).
- Most points scored in a single (modern) game with 29 vs Arkansas State in 1952.
- Most points responsible for in a single game with 6 TDs & 6 PATs vs Auburn in 1952.
- Most touchdowns responsible for rushing and passing in a single game with 6 vs Auburn in 1952.
In addition to the records he currently holds, Parker set several records that have since been broken and remains on the top ten list in several categories at MSU.
- 2nd in career passing efficiency at 135.11 behind current MSU QB Tyler Russell's 136.38.
- 2nd in single season rushing TDs with 16 in 1952 behind Vick Ballard with 19 in 2010.
- 2nd in single season total TDs responsible for rushing and passing with 24 in 1953 behind Russell's 26 in 2012.
- Tied with J.J Johnson and John Bond for 4th in career rushing TDs with 24 behind Michael Davis, Vick Ballard, and Anthony Dixon.
- 6th on the all time scoring list.
- 7th in total TDs responsible for rushing and passing.
- 9th in single season total TDs responsible for rushing and passing with 15 in 1952
On top of his exploits as the Bulldog QB, Parker was also the team's leading punt returner in 1953, the leading kick returner in 1952 and 1953, and led the team in passes intercepted in 1953 with 4.
Professional playing career
In 1954, Parker signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Interprovincial Football Union (which became part of the Canadian Football League in 1958). Nicknamed "Ol' Spaghetti Legs", Parker became one of the most important parts of the Eskimos dynasty of the mid-1950s. While Parker played both defence and offence, a not uncommon practice in his day, his main strength was offense, where he was both a strong runner and an excellent quarterback. This is shown by his Western All-Star selections; as a running back in 1954, 1957 and 1959, and as a quarterback in 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960 and 1961. Parker won six consecutive Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophies as the West's most outstanding player from 1956 to 1961, and seven in total. He was awarded the Schenley Award as Canadian football's most outstanding player in 1957, 1958 and 1960 and was the runner-up in 1956 and 1961.
During the first three years of his career (1954–1957), the Eskimos won consecutive Grey Cups. In the 1954 Grey Cup, Parker made one of the most famous plays in Grey Cup history when, in the fourth quarter, Ted Tully hit Montreal Alouettes running back Chuck Hunsinger forcing a fumble. Parker recovered the ball and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown, giving the Eskimos, who were a large underdog in the game, a surprise victory. Parker's 90-yard fumble return remains a Grey Cup record to this day.
Parker finished his playing career with the BC Lions in 1968 when, as an assistant coach, he helped the team out of a difficult mid-season situation by donning the pads for one last go round as quarterback. At the time of his retirement, Parker, who also kicked extra points and field goals, had scored a then CFL record 750 points.
Coaching and post-football career
After his playing days ended, Parker moved into coaching. Parker coached the BC Lions for part of the 1969 season and all of 1970, before moving on to the front office as general manager the next year. He stayed as general manager until being fired in 1975.
After leaving football, Parker was an executive with the Interprovincial Steel & Pipe Corporation, Ltd.
Parker's awards and honours
Jackie Parker was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. In November 2006, Parker was voted one of the CFL's top 50 players (No. 3) in a poll conducted by Canadian sports network TSN.
- Grey Cup victories – 1954, 1955, 1956
- CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award – 1957, 1958, 1960
- CFL All-Star – 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
- Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy (West Division's Most Outstanding Player) – 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
- Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy (Top Scorer in West Division) – 1959, 1961
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame – 1971
- Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour – 1983
- Canada's Sports Hall of Fame – 1987
- All Southeastern Conference - 1952, 1953
- College Football All-America Team - 1959
- Nashville Banner SEC MVP - 1952, 1953
- Birmingham QB Club MVP - 1953
- Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Year - 1953
- Mississippi State University Hall of Fame – 1972
- Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame – 1972
- College Football Hall of Fame – 1976
- "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- Arrowsmith, Lisa (2006-11-07). "Jackie Parker: 1932-2006". CFL.ca (originally appeared in The Canadian Press). Retrieved 2007-05-05.