Position, years at Arizona: Offensive tackle, 1988-1989
Honors, accomplishments at UA: A Football News second-team All-American in 1989. … Earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior.
Why he made our list: The amazing thing about Parker’s career, at Arizona and beyond, is that he did not play varsity football at Edison High in Huntington Beach (Calif.). It’s not that he lacked athleticism; it’s that he had directed his passion to bodysurfing and other beach activities rather than organized sports. Talked into football at Golden West College, he redshirted a season, played as a freshman and blossomed as a sophomore, earning scholarship offers from Arizona, USC, Tennessee and Oregon.
He became an instant starter for the Wildcats at tackle, with the body and look of a brawler from a biker bar, but the 300-pounder also was light on his feet as he helped UA lead the Pac-10 in rushing in 1988 and 1989. The highlight came when the Wildcats rushed for 480 yards in a 42-7 win over UCLA.
“The single most impressive physical thing I’ve ever witnessed as a teammate,” said Heath Bray, who was with the Wildcats from 1988 to 1992, “was when David Eldridge broke his long (54-yard) touchdown run against UCLA and there was 300-pound Glenn Parker running stride for stride with him.”