The news of power agent Eugene Parker's death as a result of kidney cancer was a big loss to the NFL community.
Parker, who was Atlanta-based, represented former Atlanta Falcons star Deion Sanders and presented Sanders during the Hall of Fame inductions. In terms of current Falcons, Parker represented record-breaking return man Devin Hester, defensive end Tyson Jackson, and emerging free safety Ricardo Allen.
Allen and Sanders posted short tributes to Parker on Friday morning, and former Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who also was represented by Parker, shared just how much Parker meant to him:
My Career long attorney/agent & lifetime friend,hero,brother & confidant EUGENE PARKER has gone... https://t.co/3KeOEBBekQ— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) April 1, 2016
R.I.P Eugene Parker— Ricardo Allen (@Ricardo37Allen) April 1, 2016
There's not 2 many men in life that I value as a father figure but Eugene Parker was one! He taught me things I'll forever carry! RIP Eugene— Steven Jackson (@sj39) April 1, 2016
Parker negotiated a five-year, $25 million free-agent deal ($11 million guaranteed) for Tyson Jackson and landed Hester a three-year, $9 million deal that included $4 million guaranteed.