Eugene Parker, one of the pioneers for African-Americans in the world of professional sports agents, died on Thursday.
Parker died due to complications from kidney cancer. He was 60 years old.
Parker was a basketball standout at Purdue University, and was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs (fifth-round). However, he passed on the NBA for law school, and upon graduation started working as a professional sports agent, a field mostly dominated by whites.
Parker rose to become one of the more prominent agents in the business, and represented NFL players such as hall of famers Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders. Parker actually presented Sanders at his Hall of Fame induction in 2011.