The NFL community is in mourning this week after finding out a member of the brotherhood lost his life at a young age.
Riddick Parker, who was a member of the 2001 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, has died.
Parker played defensive tackle for seven seasons in the NFL. After his career, he started to serve his community by being named the principal at George Wythe High School in Richmond.
Richmond Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras confirmed Parker’s death in a Friday morning tweet.
“I’m absolutely devastated to share that Riddick Parker, Principal of George Wythe HS, has passed away,” Kamras wrote. “Mr. Parker gave his FULL heart & soul to the students of Wythe and will be dearly missed. Details are forthcoming on a memorial service. Please keep his family in your prayers.”
The University of North Carolina student played for the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and Baltimore Ravens from 1997 to 2003.