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A native of Buffalo, NY, Vaughn Parker became a standout on the gridiron while playing at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. For the Marauders, Parker was 1st team All-Catholic in both his junior and senior years. In addition, in his senior year he was named first team All-Western New York, first team All-New York State, and he was an Honorable Mention All-American.

Following high school, Parker went west to play at UCLA and made an almost immediate impact on the offensive line for the Bruins. He was named to the All-PAC Ten Conference Team in his sophomore, junior and senior years, and was a third team All-American in his senior year.

In the 1994 NFL draft, Parker was selected in the second round (63rd overall) by the San Diego Chargers. He started six games in his rookie campaign, and appeared in Super Bowl XXIX with the Bolts.  By his second season, Parker had secured a starting offensive tackle spot with the Chargers.  He anchored that spot on the line for the remainder of his 10 seasons with San Diego before suffering a season ending knee injury in 2003. He played one final game with the Washington Redskins before retiring in 2004. In his NFL career, Parker played in a total of 122 games, starting in 107 of those contests.

Parker has been recognized for his excellence on the field of play. He was inducted into the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named to the All-Time UCLA Football Team.