A legendary Cleveland Browns player passed away earlier this week.
According to a report from the New York Times, former All-Pro corner Bernie Parrish passed away at his home in Springfield, MO. He was 83 years old.
His nephew Marc Parrish revealed the former NFL star passed away from metastatic prostate cancer.
Parrish famously championed for NFL players to receive ample compensation when they left the sport. According to the NYT, Parrish told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the NFL needed to step up its offerings to NFL players following retirement:
“Baseball contributes $4.1 million annually to the pension plan. This figures out to $8,200 for each player. The N.F.L. contributes $1.38 million, or $2,156 per active player. It should contribute $5 million.”
Parrish starred collegiately at Florida, where he was a two-sport star in football and baseball. After accepting an MLB contract, Parrish eventually was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns.
He helped lead the team to a league title in 1964. Parrish finished his Browns career with 29 interceptions before the Browns waived him.
He went on to play for the Houston Oilers for a season before leaving football entirely.