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9. Lemar Parrish

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9. Lemar Parrish

Setting records at Lincoln University of Missouri, Lemar Parrish went to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Seventh Round of the 1970 Draft.  Despite being selected late and from a school that most people never heard of, Parrish wasted no time in making an impact on the professional level. 

Parrish started 11 games at Left Cornerback as a rookie and was also the team's featured Returner.  Parrish went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and again as a sophomore, and he was established as one of the best Corners in the NFL.  Parrish had good years in 1972 and 1973 and easily had Pro Bowl worthy campaigns, but he was not chosen for them.  Nevertheless, he went on a new streak of four consecutive Pro Bowls (1974-78) and would have 25 Interceptions over his Bengals tenure.

Parrish left the Bengals for the Washington Redskins after the 1977 season, and he would later go to two more Pro Bowls.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 7th Round, 163rd Overall in the NFL Draft 1/28/70.
  • Departed: Signed with the Washington Redskins after the 1977 Season.
  • Games Played: 105
  • Notable Statistics:

    101 Games Started
    25 Interceptions
    354 Interception Return Yards
    4 Interception Return Touchdowns
    10 Fumble Recoveries
    65 Fumble Recovery Yards
    3 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    130 Punt Returns
    1,201 Punt Return Yards
    4 Punt Return Touchdowns
    61 Kick Returns
    1,504 Kick Return Yards
    1 Kick Return Touchdown
    82 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Most Yards per Punt Return (1974)

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