A product of the football program at Tulane, Byron Parker signed with the Toronto Argos in February, 2005. Parker saw limited action in his rookie season, but established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the CFL in his second season with Toronto. Parker had 8 interceptions and won both East and CFL All-Star honours. Parker followed that in 2007 by winning his secnd East and CFL All-Star selections.
After the 2008 season, Parker tried his luck in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, but was released and returned to the Argos partway through the season. While Parker had expected to return to his starting job, the Argos and rookie head coach Bart Andrus stuck with Joel Younger and Willie Middlebrooks on the corners. A disgruntled Parker was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos. Parker resigned with Toronto for the 2010 season after the Argos dispatched Andrus after a terrible 2009 season.
Parker played two more seasons with the Argos (2010 and 2011), winning his third East and CFL All-Star sin 2011. Parker signing as a free agent with the BC Lions for 2012. The Lions released Parker after the 2012 season and he signed with the Montreal Alouettes.
From the Montreal Press Release on Signing Parker
Parker (6'0, 220 lbs.) returns to the CFL's East Division following a one-year stint with the B.C. Lions in 2012. Last year, the 31-year-old appeared in all 18 regular-season games for the Lions, recording 38 defensive tackles and one interception, which he returned for 37 yards. The Madisonville, KY native was acquired by the Alouettes as a free agent after the Lions released him last Friday.
"Byron comes in as one of the top DBs in the CFL over the last decade," declared Popp. "We welcome his leadership and ability to make big plays."
Parker is a nine-year CFL veteran, having tallied 236 career defensive tackles and 29 interceptions with Toronto, Edmonton and B.C. since 2005. Parker's breakout campaign came in 2011 when he recorded a career-best 50 defensive tackles.
Most of his success came during his seven seasons with the Argos where he was named a CFL All-Star in 2006, 2007 and 2011. He holds the CFL record for career interceptions returned for touchdowns (9) and interception return yards in a single season (348).