Written By: Philip Casteel - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Born December 25, 1941 in Muenster, Texas David Wayne Parks was a former Texas Technological College, now Texas Tech University, wide receiver. Parks attended Texas Technological College from 1961-1963.
Parks left his mark on the Red Raiders program, holding records of 80 career receptions in 1962, and 32 single-season receptions in 1962 and 1963. He also set marks in single-game receptions, single-game receiving yards vs. Kansas State in 1963. During his junior season in 1962, the Abilene, Texas, native was an All-Southwest Conference selection, and was named team most valuable player. Parks was the first player in school history to be named an Associated Press First Team All-American; Parks joined the likes of Roger Staubach, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers on the prestigious All-America squad following his senior season in 1963.
In the 1964 Draft David Parks was selected in the first round, first pick overall. Park's NFL career spanned 10 years. He was with San Francisco 49ers from 1964-1967, then he went to New Orleans Saints from 1968-1972, and the Houston Oilers in 1973. Parks was named to the All-Pro Rookie Team in 1964 and was an All-Pro selection in 1965 and 1966, playing in three-straight Pro Bowls.
The former Texas Tech All-American and top pick in the 1964 NFL draft was selected for induction to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He joins E.J. Holub and Donny Anderson as former Red Raiders previously enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
"Dave Parks is one of our greatest football players," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers said. "He's been successful at all levels and was one of our early All-Americans. We're proud of the things Dave accomplished in football and we are pleased and excited he's been voted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. This is great recognition for Texas Tech and an honor well-deserved for one of our former greats."
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