Jim Parker

Jim Parker

About Jim Parker

James Thomas 'Jim' Parker (April 3, 1934 - July 18, 2005) was a college and professional American football player in the 1950s and '60s. He is a member of the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame. Parker played his first three years of high school ball in Macon, but then moved north to play his senior season for Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, graduating in 1953. He was recruited to play as a guard for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1954 to 1956, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines. Parker was known for his size, strength and quickness, and these talents, used for clearing a path for running backs, helped demonstrate the feasibility of head coach Woody Hayes' three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offensean offensive philosophy that had been questioned as suitable for big-time college football. Due in part to Parker, Hayes won his first national championship in 1954.