Former Arizona Wildcats Glenn & Casey Parker produced a family legacy

Caroline Parker (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Glenn Parker was an All-Pac-10 and Second-Team All-America lineman for the University of Arizona before moving over to the NFL, where he competed in five Super Bowls. Parker was named MVP of the Kansas City Chiefs during his 12-year career and his wife, Casey O’Shaughnessy Parker, was a Junior National Team Champion synchronized swimmer at Arizona. Then came their kids.

“Having all four of our kids involved in sports has created many highs and lows in our family,” Casey Parker said. “I love that it’s become a common thread among our children that has brought them closer as siblings.”

Casey & Glenn Parker with Maddie (Family Photo)

Maddie Parker was a standout soccer defender at Catalina Foothills and she was part of a dominating program that won three straight championships with Parker on the pitch. She also lettered in track and field before moving on to play soccer for New Mexico.

Emily Parker was a standout forward for the Falcons (70 goals), taking an important part in three state championships, before moving up to play for Oklahoma. Emily also competed in track in high school.

Emily Parker signs with Oklahoma (Family Photo)

Will Parker and his sister Caroline are both seniors at Catalina Foothills and the twins are carrying on the family tradition of playing at the next level.

Caroline Parker, a hitter for the Falcons, committed to play volleyball for Western Colorado University in August. Caroline is near the top in almost every statistical category for the Falcons and the team is on pace to compete in the 4A state playoffs.

Will Parker (44)/Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com

Will Parker plays baseball and football for the Falcons and he committed to play football for Colgate three weeks ago. A defensive end and OLB, Will put his athletic ability to use and took over QB duties for the Falcons and he collected 521 yards passing and nine TDs in four games. He also has 299 yards rushing and 41 tackles.

“The best part of them setting their sights on playing collegiately is that it has given them the confidence to go to schools out of state and create new opportunities,” Casey Parker added. “It was synchro that motivated me to leave Buffalo and come to Tucson, I just hope my kids eventually find their way back home!”


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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