Dallas Renegades TE Donald Parham scored his first NFL TD on Sunday, in a loss to the Buccaneers. Parham signed with the NFL’s LA Chargers this summer, his 2nd stint in the league.
Parham had previously signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent and former 1st-team All-American out of Stetson University. He also spent time with the Washington Football Team.
Although he was a starter at Stetson as a sophomore on through his senior year, that last one would be his best. He finished the 2018 season with 85 catches, 1319 yards, and 13 TDs. Parham had catches of over 60 yards 3 times that year.
In 2019, Parham was drafted in the 9th round of the XFL Draft by the Renegades. His value would show in Week 2 against the LA Wildcats when he had 5 catches for 76 yards and a score. He would finish the season 3rd in receiving yards with 307 on 24 catches and 4 TDs.
The 6’8″ TE just showed up one day, according to the Washington Post, at a tryout for the Football Team, and proceeded to wow everyone with his big frame and athleticism. TE Jordan Reed was on the team then, and had this to say:
“Man, he’s an athletic dude. He has all the ability in the world. So the coaches are polishing him up, and he has the potential to be a great player.”TE Jordan Reed on Parham
It’s not often that you see a TE that tall, and as athletic. Even still, he would be released by Washington, which wasn’t a great fit for a guy trying to enter the league. At the time, the Football Team had Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis.
Parham would parlay his XFL success, like many have, into an NFL camp, later signing with the Chargers, and now, the first XFL player to score an NFL touchdown.
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