Eugene E. Parker
February 24, 1956 |
Fort Wayne, Indiana
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||Concordia Lutheran
(Fort Wayne, Indiana)
|NBA draft||1978 / Round: 5 / Pick: 108|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Parker graduated from Purdue University in 1978, and graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1982.. 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. After his college career, Parker was drafted in the late rounds of the NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs. 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 while as a member of Athletes in Action; the US Team finished the competition with a record of 3-4, good for 5th place.
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. 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..
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. 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. 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.
Some of Parker's clients include:
- Hines Ward (Super Bowl XL MVP and four-time Pro Bowler)
- Richard Seymour (4 time All Pro)
- Walter Jones (5 time All Pro)
- Emmitt Smith (NFL all time leading rusher)
- Larry Fitzgerald (All Pro)
- Derrick Brooks (9 time All Pro)
- Rod Woodson (11 time All Pro)
- Aeneas Williams (8 time All Pro)
- Devin Hester (NFL record holder, All Pro)
- Cedric Benson (Super Bowl running back)
- Curtis Martin (5 time All Pro)
- Laveranues Coles (All Pro receiver)
- Jason Peters (All Pro left tackle)
- Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers, 2006 2nd Round Draft Pick)
- Felix Jones (Cowboys 2008 1st Round Draft Pick)
- Tashard Choice (Cowboys 2008 4th Round Draft Pick)
- Steven Jackson (Atlanta Falcons star running back)
- Tyson Jackson (Kansas City Chiefs 2009 1st Round Draft Pick)
- Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers 2009 1st Round Draft Pick)
- Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions 2010 2nd overall pick)
- Jairus Byrd (All Pro New Orleans Saints Safety and three-time Pro Bowler)
- "New World Order: After years of battling for fair opportunities, people of color are finally running the show (in some places) and driving the economics in sports". Sports Illustrated. 2003-05-03. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- "Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame - Eugene Parker". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- "San Antonio Spurs Draft History". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2007-04-17.
- 1978 FIBA World Championship
- , retrieved April 16, 2007