DeVante Parker was born on January 20th, 1993 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born to Raneca Parker and Anthony Shelman, who is a former running back at Louisville. He attended Ballard High School in Louisville, where he was a 2-time All-State performer and notched 73 catches for 1,438 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Parker was recruited by Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, and UCF. He ultimately decided to keep his talent in Louisville.
Parker would ease his way onto the college scene with a respectable freshman season in which he started 9 games. During his sophomore and junior seasons, Parker started 12 games each and was able to make it to double-digit touchdowns with 10 and 12, respectively. In his senior year, while playing in just 6 games, Parker had only 12 fewer receptions and 30 fewer yards than in his junior year when he played in 12 games. He was chosen by the Miami Dolphins with their first-round pick (14th pick overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.
In his first four seasons in the NFL, DeVante Parker had some bad luck with injuries. He also had to deal with some subpar QB play. To their credit, the Dolphins stuck with Parker and extended his contract twice. They were rewarded in 2019 when Parker had his best season in the NFL to date. He had career highs in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He showed the explosiveness the Dolphins had been counting on. Now Parker looks to be the #1 receiver on a team that appears to be turning the corner and now has their quarterback of the future in Tua Tagovailoa. The future looks bright for Parker, the Dolphins, and their fans.
By STEVE FARACE