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Mendenhall leads AFC weekly honorees

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday for the first time in his NFL career.
NFL: Pittsburgh 35, San Diego 24

NFL: Pittsburgh 35, San Diego 24

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's Willie Parker ran for two TD's and Santonio Holmes scored on a 67-yard punt return Sunday in a 35-24 Steelers' AFC playoff win over San Diego.

NFL: Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 0

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's defense held Cleveland to 126 total yards Sunday and the Steelers buried the Browns 31-0.

NFL: Pittsburgh 38, Cincinnati 10

CINCINNATI, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's Mewelde Moore ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another Sunday in a 38-10 Steelers rout of the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL: Pittsburgh 10, Cleveland 6

CLEVELAND, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Ben Roethlisberger was 12-of-19 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown pass to Hines Ward Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 10-6 win over Cleveland.

Pittsburgh back leads top AFC players

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker led the top AFC players in the NFL's first week this season.
NFL: Pittsburgh 38, Houston 17

NFL: Pittsburgh 38, Houston 17

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's Willie Parker ran for 138 yards and a three touchdowns Sunday in a 38-17 Steelers' romp over the Houston Texans.
Taylor tabbed for AFC Pro Bowl team

Taylor tabbed for AFC Pro Bowl team

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor was selected as a replacement for Pittsburgh's Willie Parker for the AFC Pro Bowl team.

NFL: San Diego 23, Denver 3

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown Monday, igniting the San Diego Chargers' 23-3 win over the Denver Broncos.
Broken leg ends Parker's season

Broken leg ends Parker's season

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh's Willie Parker, the NFL's leading rusher, was placed on injured reserve Monday, ending the running back's season.

NFL: Pittsburgh 41, St. Louis 24

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Ben Roethlisberger's three touchdown passes carried Pittsburgh to a 41-24 win over St. Louis Thursday, but the Steelers' offense suffered a major loss.

NFL: New England 34, Pittsburgh 13

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Tom Brady threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns Sunday to lead the New England Patriots to a 34-13 victory over Pittsburgh.

NFL: Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 10

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Hines Ward had 11 catches for 90 yards and two TDs, and set a team record Sunday night, as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Cincinnati 24-10.

NFL: Pittsburgh 31, Cleveland 28

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller with a two-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass Sunday afternoon, as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Cleveland, 31-28.

NFL: Pittsburgh 38, Baltimore 7

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fired five first-half scoring passes Monday, tying a club record as the Steelers topped the Baltimore Ravens 38-7.
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Willie Parker
Pittsburgh Steelers Willie Parker squares off with Philadelphia Eagles Brent Celek on Parker's 20 yard gain in the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on August 26, 2007. Pittsburgh Steelers Willie Parker later scored on the drive. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter)
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Willie Parker, Jr. (born November 11, 1980) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His exceptional speed has gained him the nickname "Fast Willie".

Willie Parker was born in Clinton, North Carolina, attended Clinton High School, and was a letterman in football. He was a two-time All-Conference and a two-time All-Region honoree. As a junior, he rushed for 1,329 yards and 20 touchdowns and helped lead his team to the state AA title. As a senior, he rushed for 1,801 yards and 18 touchdowns (while averaging 12.3 yards per carry) and was also named the County Player of the Year. One of Parker's cousins is Leonard Henry, former Miami Dolphins running back.

He attended the University of North Carolina. In his first year he had some success with 355 yards on 84 carries, but was only used sparingly in his last three years due to decisions made by former head Coach John Bunting to restrict Parker's playing time until he "bulked up" to fit within Bunting's attempt at establishing a power running game. In addition, Parker's father has stated that he thought the murder of Parker's best friend from home during Parker's sophomore year made it difficult for him to adapt to the new system at North Carolina.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Willie Parker."
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