Canadian Football League

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Former Canadian Football League great passes away

EDMONTON (CP) - Former CFL great Jackie Parker has died at the age of 74.
Parker is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and won three Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos.
A source in the Alberta premier's office says Parker, who also coached in his later years, had throat cancer and died Tuesday morning at an Edmonton hospital.
Outgoing Eskimos CEO Hugh Campbell says the city has lost "a great citizen."
Parker joined the Eskimos in 1954 and starred on both sides of the ball as a quarterback, halfback and defensive back.

He became a member of the Toronto Argonauts in 1963 and completed his CFL playing career with the B.C. Lions from 1966 to 1968. He then joined the coaching ranks.
He was named the league's outstanding player three times and was an all-star for eight straight years.
The Tennessee native was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.


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