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Sad loss: Agent Eugene Parker dies at 60, had notable Bears clients

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Sad loss: Agent Eugene Parker dies at 60, had notable Bears clients

The news was more than a little shocking, that agent Eugene Parker died Thursday at age 60 after a losing battle with kidney cancer. Like so many of these kinds of things — too many, actually — it occasioned some thoughts, pretty much all of them good.

This was the man who handled Devin Hester’s contract when Hester wanted a shot at wide receiver. He was Cedric Benson’s agent, involved in the holdout that got Benson’s Bears career off to a bad start, but Parker was about principle and he had an idea what was fair for Benson.

Parker was one of the best in a difficult and sometimes very nasty part of the football business. He never left his roots and base in Fort Wayne, and he never lost that something that comes from an athlete (Purdue hoops, drafted by the San Antonio Spurs but chose to get his law degree) working with athletes. “Class act” is too trite.

He was Deion Sanders’ agent, and obviously more than just his agent — Sanders chose to have Parker present him for his Hall of Fame induction.

He also was Alshon Jeffery’s agent, along with the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Jason Pierre-Paul, Rod Woodson. He was among the first to come up with the “poison pill” concept in contract design, something outlawed now by the NFL. But when Parker worked it into Curtis Martin’s contract with the New York Jets, then according to the rules and in the best interests of his client, Martin made out and the Jets got a Hall of Fame running back.

So while it isn’t a passing noted on a huge scale by the broadest realm of the sport, Eugene Parker is worthy of noting. Someone who did it right.

Under Center Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky vs. New Orleans?

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Under Center Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky vs. New Orleans?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and John "Moon" Mullin look at the likelihood Mitch Trubisky returns on Sunday against the Saints, and what the Bears should expect from him when he comes back (02:00). Plus, JJ is concerned about how the Bears can attack standout Saints CB Marshon Lattimore (09:00) while Moon and Cam dive into what positions need to be better to help Mitch out (11:00).

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