Parker graduated from Duke University as an All-America tailback.
Parker's Hall of Fame bust.
Parker signed a contract with the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team, but after the 1937 baseball season he obtained permission from the Athletics to give pro football a try.
Ace during the 2003 Enshrinement.
Ace joined the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League expecting to play out just one pro football season.
Parker stayed with the Dodgers until World War II military service interrupted his career in 1942.
Ace returned to the pros in 1945 with the Boston Yanks then added a brilliant final campaign with the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference in 1946.
Parker won Most Valuable Player honors in the NFL even though he had suffered a broken left ankle in a summer baseball game that year.
Ace played a total of 7 seasons, 68 games in his pro football career.
Parker with his presenter Jack White, GM of the 49ers, during his Enshrinement in 1972.
Parker's Hall of Fame mural.
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