Canton, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Clarence "Ace" Parker died Wednesday. He was 101 years old.
Parker was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. He starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1937-41 and won the NFL's MVP in 1940. After serving in World War II, he returned to the NFL in 1945 with the Boston Yanks and played one more season in 1946 with the New York Yankees of the rival All-America Football Conference.
"Our thoughts go out to Ace's family and friends," said Steve Perry, the Hall of Fame's president and executive director. "On behalf of all of the Hall of Famers, the Board, and staff, we reflect on a full life lived and will forever remember the football legacy created by Ace Parker."
In his MVP season, Parker threw 10 touchdown passes, rushed for 306 yards and two scores, added a pair of TD receptions while accounting for 19 PATs. He also averaged 38 yards per punt and his six interceptions tied him for the league lead.
Parker was the first and only member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to live to 100 years of age.