Billy Parker (gridiron football)

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Billy Parker
No. 17     Montreal Alouettes
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-05-17) May 17, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: William & Mary
Debuted in 2005 for the New York Dragons
Career history
* Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
CFL status: Import
Career highlights and awards
  • 2005 All-Rookie selection
  • 1x All-Arena Team (2005)
  • 2x Defensive Player of the Game
  • Grey Cup champion (2009, 2010)
Stats at CFL.ca
Stats at ArenaFan.com

William "Billy' Parker V (born May 17, 1981 in Mechanicsville, Virginia) is a professional American, Canadian and Arena football linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at William & Mary.

Parker has played for the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and New York Dragons.

Early years[edit]

Parker attended Atlee High School where he was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was an All-Metro selection.

College career[edit]

Parker attended The College of William & Mary, where he graduated with a degree in Sociology.

As a freshman, in 2000, he finished second on the team with eight passes defended. In 2001, he was finished second on the team with 15 passes defended, and recorded 33 tackles. In 2002, he led the conference in passes defended from the beginning of the season to the end. He returned interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back games and tied the Atlantic 10 record for interception returns for a touchdown in a season. He finished in the nation's top 50 in interceptions per game with 0.45. In his senior season, he recorded 45 tackles, two interceptions and forced one fumble with one recovery.

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

In 2004, Parker attended mini camp with the Cleveland Browns. In 2005, he attended training camp with the Miami Dolphins, then signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad for a portion of the regular season and the entire post-season. In 2006, he attended training camp with the Panthers, however he was later released.

Arena Football League[edit]

In 2005, Parker made his Arena Football League debut on February 6 against the Dallas Desperados and recorded his first interception and tackle. He finished as the runner-up in both Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year voting. He was named to the All-Rookie and All-Arena teams as a Defensive specialist. He tied the franchise interception record with 10 and finished second on the team in tackles with 90.5. He also recorded two two-interception games on February 11 at the Las Vegas Gladiators and May 15 at and the Tampa Bay Storm.

In 2007, Parker recorded 66.0 total tackles and four interceptions for 39 yards. He also recorded a league-high 28 pass break-ups. He was named Defensive Player of the Game for Weeks 9 and 12.

In 2008, Parker played in all 16 games and finished with 71 tackles, 20 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, and eight interceptions. On September 23, 2008, Parker along with new Dragons advisory board members Kerry Rhodes of the New York Jets and Danny Clark of the New York Giants, unveiled the new logo for the New York Dragons.[1]

Canadian Football League[edit]

Parker signed with the Montreal Alouettes on May 25, 2009. In his first 5 seasons in the Canadian Football League Parker recorded 241 tackles (average of 48.2 tackles per season), 7 special teams tackles, 9 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries. Parker was set to become a free-agent in February 2014, following the 2013 CFL season, however, he was resigned by the Alouettes to a new 2 year contract.[2]

Coaching[edit]

Parker helped to coach the Hanover Hawks football team during the 2004 season.

Parker was a Defensive Backs Assistant Coach for the Richmond Revolution of the Indoor Football League.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "NEW YORK DRAGONS UNVEIL NEW LOGO". New York Dragons football.com. New York Dragons. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  2. ^ CB PARKER AGREES TO NEW DEAL TO REMAIN WITH ALOUETTES

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