John Parrella

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John Parrella
No. 92, 97
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-11-22) November 22, 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth: Topeka, Kansas
Career information
High school: Grand Island (NE) Central Catholic
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 405
Sacks: 26.5
Interceptions: 2
Player stats at

John Lorin Parrella (born November 22, 1969 in Topeka, Kansas) is the defensive line coach for the University of Nebraska. Parrella was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft out of the University of Nebraska. On February 22nd, 2016, he was hired on at Nebraska to be the defensive line coach.

Parrella played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers from 1994-2001. He proved to be a reliable defender on the interior as a defensive tackle starting in 1996, routinely finishing with more than 30 tackles a year through 2002. His best seasons came in 1999 and 2000 when he recorded 5.5 and 7.0 Sacks along with 5 combined forced fumbles. He also played for the Oakland Raiders from 2002-2004. He would record 1 Sack with 41 tackles in 2002.

Parrella previously coached at Northern Michigan University and Chabot Junior College (CA) and was the Head Coach at Valley Christian high school.