The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that former NFL running back Clarence “Ace” Parker died at the age of 101.
Parker was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972 after a long an illustrious career in the NFL. He was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937 and played with them through the 1941 season. With the Dodgers, he was the NFL's MVP in the 1940 season.
After serving in World War II, Parker returned to the NFL to play for the Boston Yanks. He wrapped up his career with the New York Yankees of the NFL's rival, the All-America Football Conference.
Parker became the first and lone Hall of Famer to reach 100 years of age.
“Our thoughts go out to Ace’s family and friends,” said Hall of Fame’s president/executive director Steve Perry in a statement. “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.”
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