Riddick Parker, a former American football defensive lineman who played for Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Baltimore Ravens, passed away on Friday. He was 49 years old. Read on to know what happened and how did Riddick Parker die.
Parker was serving as a principal of the George Wythe High School in Richmond. The Superintendent of the school announced the untimely demise of the former NFL player.
“I’m absolutely devastated to share that Riddick Parker, Principal of George Wythe HS, has passed away,” he wrote on Twitter.
How did Riddick Parker die?
Riddick Parker passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022, in Chesterfield, Virginia. According to CBS 6, Parker died while riding his bicycle and having a collision with another vehicle. He was rushed to the nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead.
Jason Kamras, the Superintendent of the Richmond school where Parker was serving as the principal, announced the tragic news of Parker’s passing via Twitter. You can have a look at the tweet below:
I’m absolutely devastated to share that Riddick Parker, Principal of George Wythe HS, has passed away. Mr. Parker gave his FULL heart & soul to the students of Wythe and will be dearly missed. Details are forthcoming on a memorial service. Please keep his family in your prayers.— Jason Kamras (@JasonKamras) August 19, 2022
Tributes have started appearing on social media remembering Parker who had a successful NFL career before turning into an educationalist.
What was the cause of Riddick Parker’s death?
Richard Parker died after being involved in a collision while riding his bicycle. However, the exact cause of his death is unknown at the time of writing. The specific cause that led to his untimely passing hasn’t been made public yet.
Social media users are speculating that he succumbed to the injuries suffered in the collision. However, we can’t confirm that at this time. We’ll keep you updated once more information is released.
Riddick Parker played for the Seahawks, Patriots, and Ravens
Riddick Thurston Parker Jr. was born on November 20, 1972, in Emporia, Virginia. He attended Southampton High School in nearby Courtland, Virginia. He played for the football team of the school and received all-state honors in 1989.
Parker then studied history and communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1994. He played football all four years for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
In the 1995 NFL Draft, Parker went undrafted. He signed as a rookie free agent with San Diego Chargers but was waived prior to the start of the season. He then played for Rhein Fire of NFL Europe for the 1996 season.
In the same year, he returned and signed with the Seattle Seahawks in July. He went on to play for the Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Baltimore Ravens from 1997 to 2003. Parker was a member of the 2001’s Super Bowl-winning Patriots team.
Parker became an Education Pioneer later
After retiring from football, Parker turned into an educationalist. He started working for Baltimore City Public School as an education consultant. He then joined Armstrong High School as an associate principal.
Parker used his experience playing in the field for his school leadership roles. “Game day is a testing day. So, when we get down to the nine-week assessments, we get down to SOL (standards of learning) assessments; to us, that’s our Super Bowl,” he once said in an interview.
“Teaching is coaching. You’re looking at when you’re doing wrong, what you can improve upon, and then putting together a game plan in place to make sure that happens,” he added.
After that, he joined the George Wythe High School as principal and was serving there until his untimely demise.
Information about Parker’s survivors is unknown at the moment. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his friends, family, and loved ones. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.