Former Catalina Foothills football standout Will Parker, son of legendary Arizona offensive lineman Glenn Parker, will not play football this fall with Colgate because the Patriot League announced today it has canceled sports in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parker played linebacker, tight end and quarterback for the Falcons. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he is slated to be a tight end at Colgate.
A possibility exists the Patriot League will play football in the spring but conference commissioner Jennifer Heppel told ESPN having fall sports in the spring would present “many challenges.” She added she has no idea what football in the spring might look like, “but we’ll get to work on it.”
“I’m disappointed with the fact that our season has been canceled but I completely understand the decision,” Will told AllSportsTucson.com. “We will be able to do some athletic activities in the fall. Right now the hope is that we play in the spring if we all do our parts in the fall.”
Will was a senior captain at Catalina Foothills last season for first-year coach Darius Kelly. He had nine receiving touchdowns and 13 overall. He also had 51 tackles.
His parents — Glenn and Casey — are both former Arizona athletes, Glenn with football and Casey with synchronized swimming. Glenn played 13 NFL seasons for the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants and was member of Super Bowl championship team with Giants after playing in four Super Bowls with the Bills.
Will has three sisters, including twin Caroline, who is slated to play volleyball this fall at Western Colorado University.
Will is presently visiting family in New York and plans to stay on the East coast and report to Colgate, which is in Hamilton, N.Y., on Aug. 23. He thought about returning to Tucson before going back but has decided against that because of COVID-19 cases increasing in Arizona.
“I think I’ll stay here so I don’t have to deal with the quarantine Gov. Cuomo has put on people from Arizona,” Will said.
That ruling by Cuomo requires people from Arizona and other states with high COVID-19 numbers to be quarantined for 14 days if they enter the state of New York.
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