NFL agent Eugene Parker died Thursday at the age of 60.
Parker, who had battled kidney cancer since November, represented numerous NFL Hall of Fame players throughout his career including Curtis Martin, Deion Sanders and Emmitt Smith, among others.
A former fifth-round selection in the 1978 NBA draft out of Purdue, Parker turned down the NBA to pursue a law degree from Valparaiso. He was later inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
At the time of his death, Parker was representing current NFL players Larry Fitzgerald, Jason Pierre-Paul and Alshon Jeffery, as well as draft prospects Jaylon Smith, Laquon Treadwell and Noah Spence.
EUGENE PARKER was the best human being I've ever met! Almost 30 years ago I met this young aspiring African American attorney/football agent trying to secure my services out of FSU. He had on a cheap polyester suit,wing tip shoes and he was articulate,efficient and confident. He didn't offer me a dime or tried to secure my talent with women,jewelry or payments to my mother or family members he was honest and all he needed was a chance. He didn't represent anybody on his own but he spoke with knowledge & a certainty that he could deliver. I've NEVER heard him cuss,show anger,bad mouth another,cheat on his wife or neglect his kids. Eugene was a man. I'm crying writing this!!!!!!!!! He taught me manhood without doing it intentionally and he taught me about the Lord without judging me. We've never had a disagreement nor did I ever have to tell him what to shoot for contract wise. We had true chemistry,love,respect and admiration. He did EVERY DEAL I HAD. We took the game on and off the field to another level and we couldn't have don't it without 1 another. Eugene wasn't a black agent he was the best and most trusted agent in the business. My God I've lost so much in 1 man. I never question God but I did ask why Eugene Lord. I pray all of you stop taking today and people for granted because tomorrow ain't promised. He presented me at the @nfl #HOF and watch me mature from boy to man. Please Give someone a chance that may not look the part you never know it may be the next EUGENE PARKER. I LOVED THIS MAN 2 LIFE! The bible declares 1 who has friends must 1st show themself friendly & there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. #TRUTH
Not only my agent but family, and a coach off the field Truly blessed with Eugene Parker's presence in my life.Definitely a huge loss. R.I.P— Allen Robinson (@Thee_AR15) April 1, 2016
I lost the greatest agent ever, a father figure and friend... It was always bigger than The game of football with him..Legends never die RIP— jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) April 1, 2016
Parker is survived by his wife, June, and their five children.