News and Sentinel
By: Jay Bennett
Terrell Parker just has a passion for the game of football and he’s not going to easily give up his dream of reaching the big time.
The former first-team all-West Virginia Conference linebacker at Glenville State College fought through an injury-plagued senior year for the Pioneers, but things are going just fine for him now as a member of the German Football League’s Assindia Cardinals.
Through the Cardinals’ first seven games, which has brought a 3-4 record, Parker is second on the team and ninth in the league with 52 tackles. His eight tackles for loss is a team-high and he’s managed to snare an interception, produce a sack, force and recover a fumble and toss in a pair of pass breakups as well.
“I’m doing pretty good. It’s pretty nice here and the league is good and has a lot of ex-NFL and NFL Europe guys here,” stated Parker, whose team has five games left and plays Saturday against Berlin Adler.
“I’ve been here since April 26. I’ll be back (in the United States) at the end of September and I’m going to work out and hope something falls through.”
Parker credits GSC head coach Alan Fiddler’s son Aaron as one of the main reasons why he got a job doing what he loves as well as the website europlayers.com, which allows athletes to post information about themselves for teams to see.
“Aaron is a coach for one of the teams here and he put a good word in for me,” Parker noted.
Although it might’ve taken a little help to get to where he is, there’s little question Parker has always had the talent and desire.
A four-year starter for the G-men, Parker still managed to finish in a tie for second on the team with four interceptions this past season and produce 52 tackles – fifth best on the team – despite seeing time in just nine games.
The Baltimore, Md., native led the team in tackles as a junior (78) and was second during his sophomore campaign with 93. He finished his Pioneer career with 10 interceptions and ranked first on the G-men in tackles for loss with 19 as a sophomore and his 18 as a junior were second on the team for the Division II program.
Parker said he will return to Glenville State next spring to finish his final two classes so he can earn his degree in business management
“I’m very grateful that I have a chance even though it’s not that big, but it’s big to me and my family and I’m taking advantage of it,” Parker stated of his opportunity this summer in Germany.
“I’m lucky because my senior year was a disaster. If I keep getting better and working hard, I will probably get a chance at the big time. It’s just all about meeting the right people and who you already know.”
Although Parker is still in search of an agent to hopefully represent him, he’s just having fun playing the game he loves.
Adjusting to a new country has been a little more difficult than coming from the city life of Baltimore to the country living of Gilmer County.
“Life in Germany has been a great experience,” he admitted. “The living here is so different and the cultures are different, but I have adapted pretty well. I still struggle with the language.
“As an American here, we are looked at as good people kind of because they really don’t get to interact with us like that, so they think it’s cool.”
What would be cool for Parker is if he could one day get a chance at his dream of making the NFL. Even if that chance never comes, Parker isn’t likely to forget about his football experiences as a Pioneer.
“I’d just like to thank Glenville and coach Fiddler for giving me a chance to play ball and become the player I am, and also coach (Blake) Tasker for helping me grow as a ball player and as a man,” he added.
“And to tell (former teammates) Xavier Glenn, Joseph Charles and Kaleb Lawrence to keep their heads up because they’re going to make it. It’s just a matter of time.”