Former NFL WR, Samie Parker Interview
Samie Parker played college football for the University of Oregon. He was one of Kellen Clemens’ favorite wide receiver targets, and was known as a tremendous deep threat. He entered the 2004 NFL Draft, and was selected in the 4th round by the Kansas City Chiefs. SP played four seasons with the Chiefs, and then bounced around the NFL with different teams. He also played in the AFL for the Chicago Rush. [UPDATE: In 2010 and 2011, he also played in the United Football League (UFL) for the Las Vegas Locomotives.]
Strauss : So, Samie, why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Parker : I think it’s cool to connect with the fans, because they support what I do and I appreciate it, and sometime they don’t know what’s going on in the inside of the pro world.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star?
Parker : Deion Sanders and Eric Dickerson.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Parker : Growing up I never really had a favorite team. I just liked individual players such as Deion Sanders, Eric Dickerson, Jerry Rice, and Michael Irving.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Parker : Cookies and milk (Chips Ahoy, soft and chewy)
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Parker : I enjoy watching Entourage.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Parker : My wallet.
Strauss : If you weren’t playing football, what would you want to do?
Parker : I think that once I’m done with playing football I am going to get into coaching. I think I have a lot of knowledge to pass onto others.
Strauss : And, how long have you played football?
Parker : I’ve played football since I was seven years old.
Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?
Parker : I would say my other sport that I enjoy other than football, would be track and field. I competed in track in high school and throughout college and qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2004, but I was dedicated to become a professional football player, so I did not attend. I ended up fulfilling my dreams and getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round.
Strauss : When did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Parker : I have always wanted to play pro football since the first day I started playing, I had no idea about college when I was young. I told my pop-warner coach I was going to play in the NFL when I was seven years old and strived to do so since then. Dream comes true.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Parker : In high school, I played multiple sports freshmen year I played football, basketball, and also ran track.
Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your pro career?
Parker : My high school coaches just have coached so many great athletes, I couldn’t lose listening to their advice. So many NFL players came before me.
Strauss : What was your best memory from Oregon?
Parker : I was say my best memory at Oregon was winning the Fiesta Bowl and catching a 79-yard Touchdown pass that really broke the game open.
Strauss : Describe the changes between college and the NFL.
Parker : There was a big jump for me because I worked with NFL people while I was in high school and college so it prepared me for the NFL and the speed of the game.
Strauss : What are words describe your style of gameplay?
Parker : Speed and BIG PLAYS!
Strauss : What was your draft experience like?
Parker : Just sitting around waiting for the phone to ring was just frustrating.
Strauss : What was it like to be drafted 105th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs?
Parker : I was excited to finally get a chance to make it to the BIG stage and have my child hood dreams come true.
Strauss : What was the experience like when you signed with teams, then released within the week?
Parker : Just being in a bad situation, not really getting a chance to compete. I wasn’t effected by it because I knew my skill level. UFL and AFL was a way to showcase my talent and that I still could play.
Strauss : What was it like to be a UFL Champion? Why did you end up joining the Chicago Rush?
Parker : I was great being apart of history becoming the 1st team ever to when a championship in league history. I joined the Rush to have fun and show that I can play in a physical atmosphere.
Strauss : Who is your best friend on any football team?
Parker : Demetrius Williams of the Baltimore Ravens.
Strauss : What is an experience you have had that changed your life?
Parker : I would probably just say to be more vocal to express my play-making ability close mouth, don’t get fed and I never ate the way I should have when I was in the NFL.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Parker : Someone told me, “Do not to be afraid to succeed.”
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Parker : I would say to give your all and never let anybody tell you what you can and can not do.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.
Parker : Thank you for taking the time to interview me.