Seattle Seahawks sign former Beaufort High star Ron Parker

Defensive back, signed off Carolina Panthers practice squad, on his third tour with NFC West team

info@islandpacket.comDecember 5, 2012 

The Seattle Seahawks signed former Beaufort High School star Ron Parker off the Carolina Panthers practice squad to their active roster on Wednesday, according to

Parker, a cornerback who played free safety at Newberry College, had played in three games for the Panthers this season, recording one special teams tackle.

It's the third tour of duty in Seattle for Parker, who originally signed with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent on July 26, 2011.

He signed with Oakland after his release by Seattle following training camp and played in three games for the Raiders. After his release by Oakland on Oct. 22, 2011, Seattle reclaimed Parker off waivers. He played in two games on special teams before landing on injured reserve with an Achilles injury on Dec. 13.

This season, Seattle released him after training camp, and he was picked up by Carolina.

Parker was one of the most honored players in Newberry history, earning 10 All-America selections from various organizations.

After his senior season in 2010, he was named a first-team All-American by and Don Hansen's Football Gazette, a second-team All-American by Daktronics and a third-team Little All-American by the Associated Press.

In his senior season, Parker led the South Atlantic Conference in interceptions and fumble recoveries and made 59 tackles. As a junior in 2009, he was named the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

The Seahawks are thin at cornerback after the four-game suspensions of starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Sherman is appealing his suspension and can play until his Dec. 14 hearing, while Browner dropped his appeal Wednesday and will not be eligible to return until the postseason.

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