CFL great James ‘Quick’ Parker passes away

CFL Hall of Fame defender James ‘Quick’ Parker has passed away at the age of 60.

Parker played for the Eskimos, Lions and Argos. He won the CFL Most Oustanding Defensive Player three times (1982, 1984 and 1986), won four Grey Cups (1980, 1981, 1982 and 1985) and named a league all-star in five seasons.

In 1984 Parker set a single-season sack record with 26.5 sacks in a 16-game regular season schedule back then. Over 12 seasons he made 139.5 sacks, fourth most in CFL history.

Parker was one of the all-time greats in the league.

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31 Comments on CFL great James ‘Quick’ Parker passes away

  1. What a sad day. I remember him. Far too young

  2. Jim Bentley // March 27, 2018 at 10:27 pm //

    Very sad news, he was one of the all time greats.

  3. This is a sad moment. His nickname said it all. Wonderful person too.
    On

  4. Damn – way to young.

  5. Oh no! Tragic… he was a warrior and a great human being.

  6. Sad day and great Eskimo, RIP James.

  7. Remember James ”Quick” Parker well QB’s had to watch out for know where on the field at all times.

    • B.C. Dave // March 27, 2018 at 11:04 pm //

      Yup, and many of those times he was in one of three places. In their face, right behind as they ran for their lives or on top of them 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage

  8. B.C. Dave // March 27, 2018 at 11:02 pm //

    Saddened to hear this. I’d have to say he and Cam Wake were THE two best in 64 years of BC Lion history. They dominated their positions. Parker still owns the single season CFL record for sacks with 26.5 set as a Lion in 1984; in the era of a 16-game schedule.

    Condolences to Keynan and the rest of the family. He will be missed. A buddy at work and I love talking football and James ‘Quick’ Parkers’s name comes up a lot.

  9. Very sorry to hear this news. Amazing player dangerous on every play. Best wishes to his family and friends. CFL just lost a legend.

  10. Sad to hear one of the greatest ever……great player and had class

  11. This is a sad day in Bc lions history, and for me personally,
    Quick was THE most terrozing Lion Ive ever seen.When Don
    Mathews came over from edmonton he brought quick soon ther after, along with a cast of great players.In 1984 I saw him get 3 sacks in a row in consective plays in a game in Toronto …he was so darn fast….amd tough….built like a train……RIP Quick….never to be matched
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    • B.C. Dave // March 30, 2018 at 3:21 pm //

      I remember those days Brian. After Don Matthews took over the HC job, his first acquisition was to get Parker out to BC. Not sure if people remember the significance of those days because BC won their first Grey Cup in 1964. I became a CFL/ Lion fan in 1967. We stunk for YEARS until Don Matthews built us a championship team and one of the key personnel was James ‘Quick’ Parker.
      It was Matthews, upon noting Parker’s strengths, who created the ‘Rush’ End position. The second Grey Cup we won was 1985. It was a long drought. Parker actually made Defence fun to watch.

  12. Scottsask // March 28, 2018 at 12:14 am //

    Terrible news, condolences.

  13. I had the opportunity to see him when I lived in edmonton for 5 years he had QBs shaking every time he lined up RIP Quick you earned the name

  14. The CFL and also the NFL will never see a guy do what Parker did in a 16 game season. Cam Wake was a real close 2nd to him who I believe had 23 in a 18 game season. The GOOD die young as the old saying goes and James Parker was better than GOOD but had a GREAT CAREER and LIFE also for others to follow.

  15. greenenvy? // March 28, 2018 at 1:11 am //

    Great player. Part of some great teams. R.I.P.

  16. Very sad to hear this news. Condolences to Mr. Parker’s family and friends. As a season ticket holder of the Lions I Was fortunate to see him play and Mr. Parker was one of the all time CFL best at his position

  17. 60? What happened? This is a terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his son. His father should have been able to enjoy watching him play for many more years.

  18. Very sad. Awesome player.

  19. Very sad news of this CFL legend passing away at such a young age. So entertaining to watch. RIP and condolences to his family.

  20. Blue rules // March 28, 2018 at 10:06 am //

    Mr.James Quick Parker “done too soon” Neil Diamond.

  21. Margaret Marshall // March 28, 2018 at 11:12 am //

    Rest In Peace Condolences to your family and friends

  22. White Horse // March 28, 2018 at 11:46 am //

    Awesome rush end. I put him at the top with Joe Montford, John Bowman, Charleston Hughes, Will Johnson, Cameron Wake. John Helton was not rush end (tackle) but also one of the best the CFL has ever seen. RIP Mr Parker.

  23. Grover Covington. Quick Parker, Same Era.. James way to soon. Sorry to see you go.God Bless.7

  24. Sad news indeed..God bless

  25. He was a great memory of my childhood , I will.always remember the feather in the front of his helmet . RIP Quick ☹

  26. Paul Bomber // March 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm //

    Wow, just 60. Sad news. He most certainly was a special player. Don’t really know anything about his personal life but you get the impression he was a good guy.

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