Parker signed with the Rockies, but took less money to play another season of football at Clemson, who were a pre-season contender for the ACC title. The Tigers went 6-7 and Parker had a disappointing season as a redshirt sophomore. The 21-year old threw 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions going into the bowl game and was 11 for 17 for 134 yards and an interception in the loss to the Bulls.
Parker led the team to a touchdown drive at the end of the half, but didn't return for the second half.
Parker, a big-time power prospect, got a $1.4 million signing bonus from the Rockies and may have left up to $800,000 for the opportunity to play college football this season. He turned down a $2.25 million offer from the Rockies to give up football.
In 2009-10, Parker became the first-ever college player to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in the same academic year. For the Tigers, Parker hit .344/.478/.656 with 20 home runs and 64 RBI as a first baseman and outfielder.
On the ESPN broadcast, the announcer said Parker had told them he will give up football after this season and start his career with the Rockies.
UPDATE: Here's what Parker, who suffered cracked and bruised ribs on the play above, said after the game and his choice to come back for another season of football from Greg Wallace of the Anderson Independent Mail :
"When you look at that, you have to look at the situation I was in,” he said. "If I would've gone and played baseball, I wouldn’t have known much it’d have been worth. That’s the way negotiations were. When you sit back and look in hindsight, it’s really tough to say. I think I’ve learned a lot of things. I don’t have any questions in my mind.
"If I never make it to the major leagues and have to get a real job, the $900,000 would be nice. If I’m sitting with the Rockies, making a comfortable living, knowing I made the right choice it could be worth it."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans