Ron Parker re-signs with Kansas City Chiefs


Ron Parker re-signs with Kansas City Chiefs
Monday, March 16, 2015 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former Newberry College football star Ron Parker has re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as officially announced by the team Monday morning.

The Chiefs do not release contract information, but sources report that the multiple position defensive back's new contract is good for $30 million over the next five years.

Parker (6-0, 206) has played in 42 games (16 starts) in four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013-14), Seattle Seahawks (2011, 2012), Carolina Panthers (2012) and Oakland Raiders (2011). His career numbers include 101 tackles (91 solo), 2.0 sacks (-17.0 yards), two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He owns three career interceptions returned for 39 yards along with 15 passes defensed and 10 special teams tackles. Last season with the Chiefs, Parker played in all 16 games (15 starts), tallying 94 tackles (84 solo), 1.0 sack (-14.0 yards), one forced fumble and one interception. He joined the Chiefs on Sept. 1, 2013 after being waived by the Seahawks. He has seen action with Kansas City at both the safety and corner positions. 

Parker is one of the most honored players in Newberry College history. He was named a first team All-American by D2Football.com and Don Hansen's Football Gazette, a second team All-American by Daktronics and a third team Little All-American by the Associated Press following his 2010 season. He earned preseason All-American honors from Lindy's, The Sporting News and Consensus Draft Services prior to the season.

In 2010, Parker led the South Atlantic Conference in interceptions and fumble recoveries and made 59 tackles. Parker finished the regular season ranked 14th nationally in interceptions with 0.56 per game, and was one of fewer than 20 players at all levels of collegiate football to record eight takeaways, snagging five interceptions and recovering three fumbles. He had a career-best 16 tackles at Mars Hill and had a defensive takeaway in six of his nine games played, including two straight games with two takeaways and three straight games with a fumble recovery, including a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Catawba.

In addition to his four postseason All-American honors, Parker was named first team all-Super Region Two by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and Daktronics and played in the 2011 Cactus Bowl all-star game, where he made four tackles. He was also named first team all-South Atlantic Conference and earned all-South Carolina honors from the Orangeburg Touchdown Club.

In 2009, Parker was named a first team All-American by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and a second team All-American by Daktronics and D2Football.com. He was a first team all-Super Region Two selection by Daktronics and was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference player. He was named an all-South Carolina player by The State newspaper and the Orangeburg Touchdown Club. The 2009 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year led Newberry and was second in the SAC with 8.3 stops per game. He led the SAC in interceptions with six picks and added seven pass breakups for a total of 13 passes defended, which was second most in the SAC. He tied for 11th in Division II in interceptions and tied for 68th in Division II in tackles per game. He also forced two fumbles and made 5.5 tackles for loss and was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception for the game-winning touchdown at Wingate.