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NFL greats remember legendary sports agent Eugene Parker at Indiana funeral
By Associated Press
Published April 21, 2016
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2011, file photo, Deion Sanders, right, poses with a bust of himself and his presenter, his agent Eugene Parker, during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Parker, the renowned football agent who represented such Hall of Famers as Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Rod Woodson and Sanders, and who had cancer, died on Thursday, March 31, 2016, his family said in a statement. He was 60. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2011, file photo, Deion Sanders, right, poses with a bust of himself and his presenter, his agent Eugene Parker, during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Parker, the renowned football agent who represented such Hall of Famers as Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Rod Woodson and Sanders, and who had cancer, died on Thursday, March 31, 2016, his family said in a statement. He was 60. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Sanders and Woodson were among the NFL stars gathered in Parker’s hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to remember one of the first prominent African-American football agents, according to WANE-TV. Parker died in Atlanta on March 31 of cancer. He was 60.

Among Parker’s Hall of Fame clients were Sanders, Woodson and Curtis Martin.

“He was my man. He was my confidant,” Sanders said. “Sure we wanted Super Bowls and awards but most of all we wanted to all be like Eugene Parker.”

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Woodson said Parker was a man he could trust.

“Without Eugene I don’t know where I would be today,” Woodson said.

Deion Sanders speaks Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral for sports agent Eugene Parker at First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Michelle Davies/The Journal Gazette via AP)

Deion Sanders speaks Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral for sports agent Eugene Parker at First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Michelle Davies/The Journal Gazette via AP)

Parker’s company, Relativity Sports, represented three of the top seven picks in the 2015 draft.

In 1995, Parker put together a $35 million contract for Sanders with the Dallas Cowboys that made Sanders the league’s highest-paid defensive player.

Rod Woodson, a client of  sports agent Eugene Parker, speaks Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral for Parker at First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Michelle Davies/The Journal Gazette via AP)

Rod Woodson, a client of sports agent Eugene Parker, speaks Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the funeral for Parker at First Assembly of God Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Michelle Davies/The Journal Gazette via AP)

But in college Parker was known for basketball and in 2001 was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

He played at Purdue and was drafted by San Antonio in 1978. But he never played in the NBA.

Parker is survived by his wife, June, and five children.

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