Sun archives: Jim Parker

Jim Parker

Former Baltimore Colt Jim Parker was an eight-time All-Pro and the first full-time offensive lineman elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sun coverage of former Baltimore Colts player Jim Parker.

July 24, 2005

Family, friends and fans remember football great

Blue and white were the dominant colors at Jim Parker's funeral yesterday.

July 22, 2005

Michael Olesker: Jim Parker was the lineman next door

JIM PARKER was one of our great storytellers. Some of the stories were true, and some were embellished for comic effect. Buddy Young used to say, "Parker'll call you up at 2 in the morning, just to make up a story." But here's one that's true: Parker, the man who helped keep John Unitas on his feet for 11 years and opened the holes Lenny Moore scooted through, goes to his grave tomorrow, signaling once more the closing of a long-ago era still remembered with infinite warmth and affection.

July 19, 2005

Jim Parker: 1934 - 2005

Colts great 'blocked out the sun' and rushers, too

His crushing blocks launched Lenny Moore's runs and saved John Unitas' skin.

October 21, 2002

Unitas statue unveiled at ceremony honoring Colts Hall of Fame players

Ravens Stadium got the Unitas touch yesterday, from the 13-foot statue of John Unitas to a ring of honor induction for Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers to an eloquent halftime address by the late quarterback's wife.

January 30, 2001

Old Colts delight in Ravens' NFL title

They watched the Super Bowl flanked by family, friends and Fritos. Many former Baltimore Colts, some with championship rings themselves, celebrated quietly. But others, such as Jim Parker, said the Ravens' victory over the New York Giants made him feel and act like a kid again.

November 23, 1999

Tackling his retirement

In 1957, when he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, Jim Parker was one of the country's most sought-after football players. He lived up to the hype, earning All-Pro honors eight consecutive seasons and getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

November 9, 1999

Time to pack up after 35 years

About a dozen would-be patrons of Jim Parker's Pub stopped by the Northwest Baltimore liquor store yesterday to buy their favorite beverage. What they got instead was news that it had closed.

December 26, 1999

Colts-Giants II: Greatest letdown

They were almost identical teams, with the same coaches and similar rosters, that had combined for what is referred to as "The Greatest Game Ever Played" the NFL's first overtime championship, which put pro football on a glittering run to record popularity and acceptance.

December 27, 1998

Turning 40, game still has great hold

Every time Gino Marchetti takes a step, he remembers The Game. It was Dec. 28, 1958. Marchetti's Baltimore Colts were playing the New York Giants in what is now known as The Greatest Game Ever Played.

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