Jim Parker won many awards as a lineman for the Ohio State University and was selected in the first round of the 1957 draft by the Baltimore Colts.
Jim had been a two-way tackle, an All-America and the Outland Award winner as the nation's top lineman at Ohio State.
Although his college coach thought his best shot in the pros would be on defense, Colts' coach Weeb Ewbank tabbed Jim as an offensive lineman.
Parker had little experience in pass blocking, but Weeb Ewbank was sure Parker could do the job.
Parker quickly exceled as a pass protector for quarterback Johnny Unitas.
Parker earned all-pro honors eight straight seasons from 1958-1965.
Parker was elected to eight straight Pro Bowls from 1959-1966.
Jim divided his career almost evenly between left tackle and left guard.
Parker handled both positions in all-pro fashion. At left tackle he earned All-Pro honors four straight times from 1958 to 1961.In the middle of the 1962 season he was moved to left guard and at year’s end was named All-Pro at both tackle and guard.
He then followed up with three straight seasons of earning All-Pro accolades at guard (1963 to 1965).
Parker was presented in the Hall of Fame by his college coach, Woody Hayes.
Parker was the first full-time offensive lineman elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Class of 1973: Raymond Berry, Jim Parker, and Joe Schmidt
Jim Parker's Hall of Fame mural
Parker's bronze bust