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Dave Parks


David Wayne Parks

Inducted 2008

Date of Birth



Muenster, TX


Texas Tech University (1961-1963)


A pioneer of Texas Tech football, Dave Parks brought acclaim to the university as the first Red Raider ever to make the Associated Press' All-America first-team and to receive All-Southwest Conference honors twice. During his time in Lubbock (1961-63), Parks established nearly every Texas Tech receiving record, including receiving yards in a game (132), season reception yardage (499), career receptions (80) and career receiving yardage (1,090). Parks was also a standout on defense and special teams. In 1962, he recorded the longest pass interception in school history (98 yards). The native Texan also punted and was honored as one of the nation's best blockers. In 1964, Parks became the first Texas Tech player selected as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. During his ten-year career with San Francisco, New Orleans, and Houston, Parks was named to three Pro Bowls (1964-66) and was an All-Pro selection in 1965. Parks has served as the associate director of the Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association and on the executive board of Dallas' NFL Retired Players Association.


Height 6'2

Weight 193

Career Highlights

  • 1963 All-Conference
  • 1963 First Team All-America
  • 1962 All-Conference
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