(Vancouver) The BC Lions are saddened to report the passing of former defensive line standout James ‘Quick’ Parker. The native of Philadelphia was 60.
Joining the Lions in 1984 and appearing in 87 regular season games over six seasons, Parker was a three-time selection as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player (twice with BC) while also earning five CFL All-Star selections (three as a Lion). A four-time Grey Cup champion, Parker anchored a Lions’ defence that took home the league title in 1985.
Terrorizing quarterbacks for more than a decade including 161 games with Edmonton (1980-‘83), BC (‘84-’89) and Toronto (‘90-‘91), Parker still owns the single season CFL record for sacks with 26.5 set as a Leo in 1984; in the era of a 16-game schedule. His 139.5 sacks rank him fourth all-time and spurred his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001.