Hundreds remember life of Eugene Parker

The Fort Wayne native was one of the first African-American player agent in the NFL and was remembered for his contributions to the sport and the men he represented.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Hundreds turned out for a Celebration of Life for one of professional sports most popular player agents Saturday.

The service for Fort Wayne native and basketball standout Eugene Parker was held at First Assembly of God Church.

The prominent sports agent passed away March 31 after a brief battle with kidney cancer. He was 60.

Parker attended Concordia High School in the 1970s, where he had a very successful basketball career and earned a scholarship to play hoops for Purdue University. He was eventually drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, but never played professionally.

Parker made a big impact on the court but it was his days after college when he truly became an international star.

He founded Maximum Sports Management 30 years ago in Roanoke and was most recently associated with Relativity Sports.

His clients have included five Hall of Famers, including Fort Wayne’s Rod Woodson. He’s also represented Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Devin Hester, and Hines Ward.

Sanders, Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery, Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, New England Patriots Running Back Steven Jackson and dozens of others from the world of football attended the service.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson speaks to hundreds at the First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne for a "Celebration of Life" event for the late Eugene Parker.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson speaks to hundreds at the First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne for a “Celebration of Life” event for the late Eugene Parker.

Fort Wayne native and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson also spoke. He talked about Parker’s faith and its impact on him through life.

Sanders spoke during the service and credited Parker with making him the man he is today.

“I would have never been prime, if it had not been for his time,” Sanders said to a church packed with friends, family, and representatives from the NFL.

Martin said Parker was one of the best people he’s met in his entire life. Jackson called him simply, “an amazing man.”

 

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