FT. WAYNE, Ind. (April 1, 2016) — Long time Ft. Wayne native and pro sports agent Eugene Parker has died at the age of 60.
His family reported that Parker died late Thursday night after having been battling cancer for the last several months.
His sports agency released the following statement; “Eugene was a husband, father, and a man of faith. Eugene will be forever remembered as a man of integrity and a tough negotiator. With a genuine interest in what was best for the men he represented, he was able to change the rules of the game, literally.”
Parker is well-known in Fort Wayne for his legendary basketball playing career at Concordia High School and later at Purdue University. He was eventually drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, but never played one game for them, instead choosing to pursue his career in sports management.
He founded Maximum Sports Management 30 years ago in Roanoke and was most recently associated with Relativity Sports.
His clients have included five Hall of Famer’s, including Fort Wayne’s Rod Woodson. He’s also represented Emmitt Smith, Dieon Sanders, Devin Hester, and Hines Ward.
Parker was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.
He is survived by his wife and five children.