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, OT/OG, Baltimore Colts
From 1957 until 1962, Parker played as an offensive tackle. He was selected to five Pro Bowl teams in those six years. In 1963 Parker moved to the offensive guard position, as a favor to his college coach Woody Hayes, to make room for another former Buckeye, Bob Vogel. Parker was selected to three more Pro Bowls from the guard position.
Many consider Parker to be the greatest lineman to ever play pro football. Parker was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973, his first year of eligibility. He was the first full-time offensive lineman so inducted. In 1994, Parker was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1999, he was ranked number 24 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, second among guards behind John Hannah, and third among offensive linemen behind Hannah and Anthony Munoz, both of whom began their careers well after Parker retired.
The straightest path to Johnny Unitas made a half-circle detour around left tackle. Big Jim Parker wouldn't have it any other way. He was the quarterback's blindside protector, the man entrusted with the continued good health and welfare of Baltimore's most valuable property. And he diligently made sure that nobody violated that trust for 11 outstanding NFL seasons.
Parker is considered by many historians the greatest offensive tackle in pro football history-and the greatest guard. He spent his first 5 1/2 seasons working over the leagues big and fast defensive ends and the next 5 1/2 at guard, where his blocking responsibilities changed considerably. It didn't seem to matter. Parker was a Pro Bowl regular from 1959 to '66 and a Hall of Famer in the making no matter where the Colts chose to position him.
The 6-3, 273-pound former Ohio State star not only was one of the biggest linemen of his day, he was the fastest big man. He was like a human avalanche when he exploded off the line on a straight running play and a relentless bulldozer when he cleared traffic on power sweeps, which came all too often for opposing linebackers and defensive backs. But Parker was at his best as an impenetrable pass-blocker. His massive body, great balance, quick feet and superior blocking technique held back all rushers, the more the merrier.
It's not surprising that Parker's arrival coincided with the Colts rise to prominence in the 1950s. They won consecutive NFL championships in 1958 and 1959 and regrouped after a four-year falloff to reach the league title game in 1964. Conscientious, hard-working and durable (he didn't miss a game over his first 10 pro seasons), Parker became the model that young offensive linemen studied to learn their craft.
8x Pro Bowl selection (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
10x All-Pro selection (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
1956 Outland Trophy
Baltimore Colts #77 Retired