Josh Parry
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-04-05) April 5, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Sonora, California
Career information
College: San Jose State
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Philadelphia Eagles ( 2001)*
Career highlights and awards
Receptions     23
Receiving yards     175
Receiving touchdowns     0
Stats at
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Joshua David "Josh" Parry (born April 5, 1978) is a former American football fullback. 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.

Early yearsEdit

Parry attended Sonora High School in Sonora, California, where he played running back and linebacker in football.[1] He set a school record with 44 rushing touchdowns in his career.[2]

College careerEdit

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.[3] Neil later played for the Spartans in 2003 with a prosthetic leg.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Parry entered the 2001 NFL Draft but went undrafted. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles for training camp and made it through the preseason until final cuts.[5] He then spent the 2001 season on the Oakland Raiders' practice squad.

Parry was re-signed by the Eagles to a future contract two days after their loss in the NFC Championship game.[6] They assigned him to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, where he played linebacker and running back. He returned to the Eagles for training camp and the preseason, but following a knee injury during the 2002 preseason finale, Parry was not signed for the 2002 season..[7]

Parry was re-signed to a future contract again on January 30, 2003. He was converted to fullback during mini-camp in 2003.[2] He was waived during final cuts again on August 31, 2003, but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 1.[8] 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.[9] 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 SeahawksEdit

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.[10] 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.[11]


  1. "Parry, Galaxy on the tube". The Union Democrat. April 12, 2002.,1378335. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sauls, Kevin (May 23, 2003). "Parry makes NFL big as Eagle fullback". The Union Democrat. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  3. Sheridan, Phil (April 29, 2001). "His efforts are spurred by brotherly love". The Philadelphia Inquirer: p. D6. "Neil Parry was a sophomore safety, Josh's teammate at San Jose State, when he suffered a broken leg during a kickoff return. The compound fracture caused serious nerve and muscle damage and led to a bacterial infection. Nine days after the injury, doctors had to amputate Parry's foot just above the ankle. […] Josh Parry had 17 tackles the next day. That wasn't out of line with his usual performance. Parry was credited with 122 tackles, as well as two interceptions, as a senior."
  4. "Comeback complete". The Spokesman-Review. September 19, 2003.,7716677. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  5. "Sluggish Pack hosts Dolphins". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. August 25, 2001.,4668076. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  6. "Eagles expose five for expansion draft". Reading Eagle. January 30, 2002.,7218788. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  7. "Final Cuts". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. September 2, 2002.,1876441. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  8. "Mills misses practice; Panthers shuffle staff". Reading Eagle. September 2, 2003.,272787. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  9. "Eagles FB Out for the Season with Torn ACL". NBC Sports. September 28, 2004. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  10. "NFL Draft Tracker 2008 Round 7". Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  11. Kahn, Mike (September 1, 2007). "Seahawks Cut Roster to 53, Aquire Jason Babin From Texans". Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
Preceded by
Jon Ritchie
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Fullbacks
Succeeded by
Thomas Tapeh
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