Preston Parker, 27, is no stranger to the NFL. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons, was released and then picked up by the New Orleans’ Saints only to be released again last August.
Parker returned home to Delray Beach flat broke. He admitted he blew through hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“I can’t go buy six pairs of Gucci shoes and I did that,” said Parker. “I bought six pairs of Gucci shoes thinking I can do it.”
A penniless Parker turned to building tiki huts to earn a living.
“I had to do something. I couldn’t keep waiting on the NFL,” said Parker.
Then in January he got a call from the New York Giants. They wanted to give him a shot. Parker promised himself and his family, third time’s a charm.
“He picked himself back up tremendously,” Douglas Parker said.
Big brother Douglas also said Preston is re-focused. He’s now putting his talents on the field and hard learned life lessons to good use. Together, they’ve formed a pending nonprofit organization called Delray Beach Exhibitor Sports, a free mentoring program for young kids.
“We go through drills, we do warmups, we talk to them about life,” said Douglas Parker.
They also teach kids that money isn’t everything.
“Don’t worry about the money, just worry about what’s your talent, and maximize your talent whatever God gave you,” said Preston.
The Giants will take the field Monday for their season opener against the Lions. Be sure and keep an eye out for No. 83.
Preston Parker also joins two other Delray Beach natives and Atlantic Community High School alums playing for the Giants, Brandon Flowers and Jayron Hoseley. They call themselves the Delray Trifecta.