- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jackie Parker, a Jones County Junior College athletic star from 1950-1952, has been selected for induction into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

A news release from the college says the ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 at Hinds Community College in Pearl.

Parker and his wife, Peggy Jo, came to Jones County J.C. from Knoxville, Tenn. Peggy Jo played basketball and tennis for the school. Jackie Parker played football, basketball and baseball. In football, he helped the college win a 1951 state title. He later moved on to Mississippi State University, where he earned All-Southeastern Conference honors for two years.

After playing mostly running back at Jones County, he was moved to quarterback in the Split-T formation at Mississippi State under head coach Murray Warmath and assistant coach Darrell Royal.

According to a Jones County Junior College recounting of Parker’s career, he led the Bulldogs in rushing, scoring and passing and he also punted, kicked extra points and field goals and was a top defensive player.

Parker set the SEC record for points in a season and led the nation in scoring in 1952 with 120. It was a record that stood until 1981 when Georgia’s Herschel Walker tied it. Georgia’s Garrison Hearst broke the record in 1992 when he scored 126 points.

The Detroit Lions drafted Parker, but Royal was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in1954 and Parker followed him to the Canadian Football League. He played running back, quarterback and defensive back