Football HOFer Clarence ‘Ace’ Parker Dies

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Clarence “Ace” Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 101.

Parker was a Portsmouth native who played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University before starring with the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers from 1937-41. He won the league’s most valuable player award in 1940 for his exploits as a quarterback, defensive back and punter.

Parker left football in 1942 to serve in World War II, then returned to football with the Boston Yanks in 1945, finishing his career the following season in the rival American Football Conference playing quarterback for the New York Yankees.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

Source: Associated Press