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Jermey Parnell

Jermey Parnell
No. 78     Dallas Cowboys
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-07-20) July 20, 1986
Place of birth: Blytheville, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Gosnell (AR)
College: Mississippi
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2011 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2014
Games played 47
Games started 5
Stats at

Jermey Parnell (born June 20, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints. He attended Gosnell High School in Gosnell, Arkansas,[1] then played four years of college basketball and one year of football (as a defensive end) at the University of Mississippi.

Early years

Parnell attended Gosnell High School where he lettered in basketball, helping his team to the state semifinals, while earning all-state honors twice and averaging a double-double during his junior and senior seasons.

He accepted a basketball scholarship to play at the University of Mississippi. In 2009 as a senior, although he hadn’t played football since the eighth grade, Houston Nutt convinced him to try out for the team, which led him to play in five games as a defensive end.

Professional career

New Orleans Saints (first stint)

Parnell signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2009 as an undrafted free agent to play defensive end. He was waived at the end of training camp, but spent the rest of the season on their practice squad where he was tried at defensive tackle, tight end and the offensive line. He was released by the Saints before the start of the 2010 season.

Miami Dolphins

Parnell was claimed by the Miami Dolphins to their active roster,[2] where he remained for 20 days until being released on September 25, 2010, to make room for Patrick Brown, whom the Dolphins claimed off waivers from the New York Jets.

New Orleans Saints (second stint)

After his release, he was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys' signed him to their active roster on October 14, 2010 with the intention of converting him to a full-time offensive tackle. [3]

In 2011 he participated in his first six career games, playing in special teams and as a backup offensive tackle.

On April 26 2012, he was re-signed to a three-year contract. That same season after Tyron Smith suffered a high ankle sprain against the Cleveland Browns, he replaced him as the team starting left tackle and also in the next game against the Washington Redskins. When Smith returned, he was worked into a regular rotation with starting right tackle Doug Free.

Personal life

He is married to Kadeshia Fortune-Parnell. He met his wife in college at Mississippi. She is a teacher and a track and field coach.


  1. ^ Miami Dolphins bio page for Jermey Parnell (accessed October 14, 2010)
  2. ^ Will Allen put on IR, Assocaited Press at, October 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Todd Archer, "Cowboys add Jermey Parnell from New Orleans practice squad", Dallas Morning News

External links

  • Parnell Still Hoping To Repay Cowboys For Their Faith
  • Dallas Cowboys bio
  • NFL profile page
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