Willie Parker (offensive lineman)

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Willie Parker
Date of birth (1948-12-28) December 28, 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Baytown, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Center
College North Texas
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
(By the San Francisco 49ers)
Career history
As player
1973–1979 Buffalo Bills
1980 Detroit Lions
Career stats

William Nolen Parker (born December 28, 1948 in Baytown, Texas) is a former American football center who played for ten seasons in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

North Texas University[edit]

Parker played college football at North Texas University.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Parker was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1971 NFL Draft, made the Taxi Squad and participated in all practices for the entire season.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Traded to Buffalo in 1973 as a snapper, center and backup guard; in 1977, going into his fifth year with the Buffalo Bills, Parker became their starting center,[1] replacing Mike Montler. Despite a strong middle of the offensive line with Parker flanking left guard Reggie McKenzie and Hall-of-Fame right guard Joe DeLamielleure in all 14 games, that team had a bad 3-11 won-lost record, the offense scoring only 160 points (11.4 points/game), 26th among 28 teams in the NFL. In 1977 OJ Simpson Buffalo's outstanding running back '77 season in Buffalo was cut short by injury. Before the 1978 season, the Bills traded OJ Simpson to the San Francisco 49ers for a series of draft picks.[18] Willie played two seasons with the team's fortune improving to 5-11 in 1978 and 7-9 in 1979, the first two years with Chuck Knox as the head coach, the same linemen trio up the middle in all 16 games during both years. However, in the following year, Parker was traded to the Detroit Lions to help in rebuilding Detroit's offensive line.

Detroit Lions[edit]

In 1980, his final year in the NFL, Parker went to the Detroit Lions, starting only once in 4 games, as a career-ending injury occurred in his final game against the Chicago Bears. Willie came back to the Detroit Lions in 1981 Training Camp and due to work related issue, decided to retire. In all Willie spent 11 years in the NFL.