- The Washington Times - Monday, April 5, 2010

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed running back Willie Parker. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In six NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-09), Parker has played in 79 games with 60 starts while accumulating 5,378 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns on 1,253 carries (4.3 avg.) and 84 receptions for 697 yards (8.3 avg.) and five touchdowns.

Parker, 29, has appeared in two Pro Bowls (2007 and 2008), and ranks 10th among all running backs in rushing yards (5,378) since entering the league in 2004. The 5-10, 209-pound, Parker has totaled 26 100-yard games, including a career-best 223-yard performance vs. Cleveland (12/7/06).

While helping lead the Steelers to two Super Bowl victories (XL and XLIII), Parker posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (1,202 in 2005, 1,494 in 2006 and 1,316 in 2007).

In 2006, Parker set career highs in rushes (337), rushing yards (1,494), rushing touchdowns (11), receptions (21), receiving yards (222) and receiving touchdowns (three), while earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In Super Bowl XL, Parkers 75-yard touchdown run marked the longest run from scrimmage in Super Bowl history (Marcus Allen 74 yards in Super Bowl XVII).

Under Shanahan from 1995-2008, the Denver Broncos had 11 individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons, a total that tied for the third-most in the league during that span and one that includes an NFL-record four-year streak of having a different 1,000-yard rusher from 2003-06. Under Shanahan, the Broncos ranked among the NFLs top five in rushing during 10 of his 14 seasons, and 16 different running backs posted at least one 100-yard rushing game in the regular season or playoffs, a total higher than any other team in the NFL since 1995.

Parker originally entered the NFL as a college free agent in 2004 out of North Carolina. A native of Clinton, N.C., Parker was born Nov. 11, 1980.

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