They say the only thing that can outlive a man is his name, and if your name is cherished when you pass, that means you've left a true mark on the world.
Eugene Parker was one of those names and one of those people. The prominent sports agent passed away from cancer on March 31st at the age of 60.
Parker represented some of the greatest players in NFL history, names like Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. But he's most known for the deal he was able to create for Curtis Martin with the NY Jets, one that gave Jets fans years of happiness, Martin a gold jacket from Canton and the Patriots a shock that stung for years.
Despite the incredible deals and legendary names he represented, Parker was better known as a man, husband, father and mentor.
"Eugene was a husband, father and a man of faith," a statement from his family read. "Parker will be forever remembered as a man of integrity and a tough negotiator. With a genuine interest in what was best for the men he represented, he was able to change the rules of the game, literally."
"Eugene Parker was the best human being I've ever met," Sanders wrote.
"Almost 30 years ago I met this young aspiring African American attorney/football agent trying to secure my services out of (Florida State). He had on a cheap polyester suit, wing tip shoes and he was articulate, efficient and confident.
"He didn't offer me a dime or (try) to secure my talent with women, jewelry or payments to my mother or family members. He was honest and all he needed was a chance."
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