'Ace' Parker, football star of the 1940s, dies at 101

Nov. 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

PORTSMOUTH, Va., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Clarence McKay "Ace" Parker, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 101, the National Football League confirmed Wednesday.

A native of Portsmouth, Va., Parker played quarterback for the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Yanks, and for the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference in a seven-year career interrupted by service in World War II.

He was named the league's most valuable player in 1940, and served as the Dodgers' quarterback, runner, pass receiver, punter, kicker, and on defense, safety, the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday.

He was also a minor-league baseball player and manager, leading the International League in batting in 1940 when he injured his leg and returned to football when the baseball season was over, the newspaper noted.

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