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Josh Parry : biography

April 5, 1978 -

Joshua David "Josh" Parry (born April 5, 1978) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at San Jose State.

Parry was also a member of the Oakland Raiders, Frankfurt Galaxy, and Seattle Seahawks.

Professional career

First stint with Eagles

Parry was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent following the 2001 NFL Draft on April 21, 2001. He was released prior to the start of the 2001 season on August 24.

Oakland Raiders

Parry spent a week on the Oakland Raiders' practice squad in 2001.

Second stint with Eagles

Parry was re-signed by the Eagles to a future contract on January 29, 2002. He was allocated to NFL Europe to play for Frankfurt Galaxy on February 7. Parry was released during final cuts after spending training camp with the Eagles on September 1, 2002. Parry was re-signed to a future contract again on January 30, 2003. He was converted to fullback during mini-camp in 2003. He was waived during final cuts again on August 31, 2003, but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 1. He was re-signed to a future contract on February 6, 2004, but was waived during final cuts again on September 1. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 6, but was released on September 22. After the Eagles' starting fullback Jon Ritchie suffered a torn ACL in a game against the Detroit Lions, Parry was re-signed to a three-year contract on September 27 and assumed the starting job with Thomas Tapeh for the rest of the season. Parry beat out Ritchie for the starting job in training camp in 2005, and starting in all 16 games for the Eagles. In 2006, Parry was in competition with Tapeh for the starting fullback job.

Seattle Seahawks

Parry was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on September 2, 2006, after he lost out to Tapeh, in exchange for the team's seventh round selection in 2008, which turned out to be offensive tackle King Dunlap. Parry played in eight games for the Seahawks before he was placed on injured reserve on November 29 with a foot injury. He did not receive a restricted free agent tender from the Seahawks following the season, and became an unrestricted free agent. He was re-signed to a two-year contract on March 5, 2007, but was waived during final roster cuts on September 1.

Early years

Parry attended Sonora High School in Sonora, California, where he played running back and linebacker in football. He set a school record with 44 rushing touchdowns in his career.

College career

Parry played linebacker at San Jose State, and in his senior season, recorded 122 tackles and two interceptions. His brother, Neil, who played alongside him at safety, suffered a broken leg during his sophomore season, which led to a bacterial infection and the amputation of his foot. Neil later played for the Spartans in 2003 with a prosthetic leg.

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