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L.J. Parker Signs with AFL's Grand Rapids Rampage

October 3, 2006 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) - Battle Creek Crunch News Release

Former Battle Creek (MI) Crunch linebacker and Ottawa Hills High School standout L.J. Parker signed a two-year contract with the Arena Football League's Grand Rapids Rampage on Monday. The Rampage plan to use Parker as a linebacker and wide receiver during the upcoming 2007 season.

The 6'2" 240 lb. Parker played for the Battle Creek Crunch of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League in 2006, where he was named first team GLIFL All Star at linebacker. He led the team in tackles with 47 and tallied 3 quarterback sacks. LJ also contributed 8 tackles for loss, 9 pass break ups, and two blocked kicks. Parker also showed his versatility and provided a physical mismatch as a WR.

Parker is represented by Mike O'Brien, of Common Ground Sports - a new sports representation firm handling several professional indoor players.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for L.J. both personally and professionally," said O'Brien. "He has a passion for the game and a big heart to go with big-time athletic ability."

Parker earned 8 letters in football, basketball, and track at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills High and was a 3 time all-conference, 2-time all-area, and 1 time all-state selection. He is the first member of the Great Lakes Indoor League to sign an AFL contract.

Last season, as a member of the Crunch, Parker played alongside ESPN contributor and Lansing author Ted Kluck whose experiences will be chronicled in a forthcoming book entitled Paper Tiger (Lyons Press, 2007).

"We overcame a lot of adversity last season," Kluck said. "He was a guy who literally played the game for nothing and never missed a practice. As a friend and a teammate, I couldn't be happier for L.J."

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