Darren Parker

Anniston High's Darren Parker (in white cap) after his signing ceremony with his parents and Bulldogs coach Eddie Bullock (in red).

Anniston coach Eddie Bullock says NCAA Division II Shorter University is getting a tough player in Darren Parker.

“Y’all know how he had hurt his shoulder this year, and I held him out of contact until Friday? He actually had a broken collarbone,” Bullock said Wednesday after Parker signed scholarship papers to attend Shorter. “The doctor missed it. His father took him back to the doctor, and they found it. He never asked out of practice, never complained. That’s how tough he is.”

Parker, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound defensive back, transferred from Munford to Anniston for his senior year. He made The Anniston Star’s All-Calhoun County team.

Bullock said that “when you come to Bulldog country, you have to prove yourself,” and Parker did — in the classroom, too.

“He and his parents took care of everything before he came to me,” Bullock said. “It was all taken care of.”

Parker won’t be the only Anniston athlete at Shorter. Defensive back Josh Duncan will be a senior next season.

Shorter didn’t become a full-fledged NCAA Division II member until four years ago, and the Hawks have struggled. They went 0-11 this past season. But Parker said he likes what the team has to offer.

“I like the friendships,” Parker said. “They’re like brothers. When I came up (for a visit), they showed a lot of love. It was a brotherhood.”

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