James "Quick" Parker

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James "Quick" Parker
No. 40
Born:(1958-01-01)January 1, 1958
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:March 27, 2018(2018-03-27) (aged 60)
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
CollegeWake Forest
Career history
As player
19801983Edmonton Eskimos
19841989BC Lions
19901991Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1981, 1982, 19841986
CFL West All-Star19811986
Awards1982 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1982 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
RecordsEskimos Record
  • Most Sacks – Season (18.5) - 1981
Career stats

James "Quick" Parker (January 1, 1958 – March 27, 2018) was a Canadian football player who was a leading defensive player in the Canadian Football League. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After attending Wake Forest University from 1976 to 1979, where he was a conference all star and second in all-time career sacks with 15, Parker joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 1980, right in the middle of the greatest dynasty in CFL history. He played with them for 4 years, until 1983, when he moved to the BC Lions for six seasons (from 1984 to 1989) and finished his 12-year career with the Toronto Argonauts (1990 to 1991).[1]

Though small, Parker was famed for his quick burst off the line of scrimmage. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award three times (1982, 1984, 1986) and was an all star six times. He played in five Grey Cup games, winning four championships. During 1984 season, his first with the BC Lions, he had 26.5 sacks in a single season which is still a CFL record.[1] Parker has the fourth-highest number of regular season quarterback sacks in CFL history, with 139.5.[1][2]

Parker was inducted into the Wake Forest University's Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001.[1][3] In November 2006, he was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#21) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN.[4]

James most recently worked at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Langley BC where he has been recognized as a member of the Presidents Club for outstanding sales performance. The BC Lions announced that he died on March 27, 2018.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • CFL All Star Team - 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • Western All Star (Outside Linebacker, Defensive End) - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986[1]
  • Schenley Most Outstanding Defensive Player - 1982, 1984, 1986
  • Grey Cup Defensive Player of the Game - 1985[1]
  • Norm Fieldgate Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the Western Division) - 1982, 1984, 1986[1]
  • Grey Cups played in - 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988[1]
  • Grey Cup championships - 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "James (Quick) Parker". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  2. ^ Beamish, Mike (2010-01-15). "CFL legend James Parker keen on joining B.C. Lions coaching staff". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2010-07-30.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Athletics Hall of Fame". Wake Forest University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  4. ^ "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  5. ^ "Lions' DL James 'Quick' Parker dies at 60". TSN. March 28, 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.