Let’s Look At “Fast” Willie Parker
Willie Parker has burst onto the scene in a short amount of time and made his presence known, not only for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but in the entire NFL. Though small in stature, he stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, his speed and quickness have proven to be a big factor in his ability to excel in the NFL.
Willie Parker’s first year in the NFL was 2004 and he became the starting running back in 2005. He was named NFL Player of the Week twice during the 2005 season, and helped the Steelers reach the Super Bowl. In Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks following the 2005 season, Willie Parker set the record for longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history when he ran 75 yards to put the Steelers ahead 14-3 in the second quarter.
In 2006, Willie Parker became the first Steelers running back to have two 200+ yard rushing games in one year. He went on to rush for over 1,400 yards for the season, proving that he in fact is the real deal.
Willie Parker has accomplished an amazing amount in a very short time. Perhaps the most amazing thing is that as thorough as NFL teams scout the available college talent, in 2004 after graduating from the University of North Carolina, Willie Parker was not picked by any team.