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Hall of Famer Parker dies at 101

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Clarence "Ace" Parker, who was the oldest living member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday morning at age 101, the Hall of Fame announced.

Parker, the only Hall of Famer to live to be 100, was inducted with the Class of 1972.

The former Duke All-American was known as an all-around athlete who rarely came off the field. In fact, in 1938 he was reported to have played 656 of a possible 660 minutes in the Brooklyn Dodgers' 11 games.

Drafted by the Dodgers in 1937, Parker played for five seasons in the NFL and was the league's Most Valuable Player in 1940 when he threw 10 touchdown passes, rushed for 306 yards and two touchdowns, caught two scoring passes, had 19 PATs, punted for a 38-yard average and tied for the league lead with six interceptions.

Parker's football career was put on hold for service in the Navy during World War II. He returned to the NFL iwth the Boston Yankees in 1945 and played his last season with the New York Yankees in the rival All-America Football Conference in 1947.

Among his accomplishments were leading the NFL in passing yards in 1938 and in interceptions and extra-point kicks in 1940.

"Our thoughts go out to Ace's family and friends," said Steve Perry, the Hall of Fame's president and executive director. "On behalf of all of the Hall of Famers, the Board, and staff, we reflect on a full life lived and will forever remember the football legacy created by Ace Parker."

Parker, also a basketball player at Duke, went on to play two seasons of Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.
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