On Jan. 27, Edison High School (EHS) alumnus and former NFL offensive lineman, Glenn Parker, presented the school with a Wilson Golden Football as a part of the Super Bowl 50 High School Honor Roll.
This exclusive football is an honor bestowed only upon the high schools of NFL players and head coaches who once were or currently are on an active Super Bowl roster. The program was developed by the NFL to recognize schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football.
Even though Parker’s football career did not launch as a Charger at Edison, his impact as a graduate carries on as significant throughout the Huntington Beach community. It wasn’t until walking-on at Golden West College that Parker’s football career was born. From there, he went on to play for the University of Arizona before being recruited in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. After seven years on the team, Parker went on to continue to play for the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants. His extensive career with the NFL resulted in a total of five trips to the Super Bowl, but unfortunately, none of which resulted in wins.
During halftime of Wednesday night’s boys varsity basketball game, Edison Head Football Coach, Dave White, introduced Parker and provided an outline of his career as well as insight on his life outside of football. Currently, he works as a football analyst for various television networks. He and his wife, Casey, have four children and reside in Tucson, Arizona.
Once given the opportunity to address the crowd, Parker conveyed great words of wisdom and reiterated the idea of “never giving up” to students, staff, and community members. The former NFL player even made light of playing in five Super Bowl games and never taking home a championship.
Principal D’Liese Melendrez and Coach White were standing proudly by Parker’s side as he presented the Wilson Golden Football into their possession. Principal Melendrez admired the ball and expressed how she could not wait to display it in the front office for all to appreciate. Following the presentation, it was easy to see that everyone in attendance displayed the school’s motto of, “Proud to be a Charger.”