Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dave Parks

Dave Parks


  • Position: End
  • School: Texas Tech
  • High School: Abilene HS (Abilene, TX)
  • Years: 1961-1963
  • Inducted: 2008
  • Place of Birth: Muenster, TX
  • Date of Birth: Feb 25, 1941
  • Jersey Number: 81
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 193

Member Biography

A pioneer of Texas Tech football, Dave Parks brought national acclaim to the university as the first Red Raider to ever make the Associated Press� All-America First Team and to receive All-Southwest Conference honors twice. 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). He also started on defense and recorded the longest pass interception in school history (98 yards), a record that still stands today. The native Texan also punted and was honored as one of the nation�s best blockers. The first and only Texas Tech player selected as the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, Parks led the league in receiving in his second season with 80 catches. He played 10 seasons with San Francisco, New Orleans and Houston. 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. He also invented the �Speedy Weedy,� a lawn and garden tool that he manufactures and sells. He resides in Dallas.