Raymond "Buddy" Parker
Raymond "Buddy" Parker was known for his achievements as a football player and coach. As a rookie halfback in 1935, Parker helped the Detroit Lions win their first NFL title. During his coaching career, Parker served as assistant coach for the Chicago Cardinals and helped them win their first title in 1947. The native of Kemp, Texas became head coach of the Lions in 1951 and began building a reputation as an offensive genius. In his six seasons, Detroit won three division crowns and two world championships. Parker left the Lions with a 50-24-2 record to take over a struggling Pittsburgh franchise. His eight Steeler's teams did not win a title but became competitive with a 51-47-6 record. By the end of his 14-year coaching career, Parker had compiled a 101-71-8 record. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.