Niners draft history – 1964

1964

With the first overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected David Wayne Parks, a wide receiver out of Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). Parks had an illustrious college career and set numerous records by the time he left college, many of which were broken by current 49er Michael Crabtree. Parks would play 10 seasons in the NFL, but only four of them with the 49ers. He would also play for the New Orleans Saints, as well as the Houston Oilers in 1973. Parks played his best while with the 49ers, making the Pro-Bowl in each of his first three seasons. In 1965, his second season-one in which he was a First Team All-Pro, he posted career highs of 80 receptions for 1344 yards and 12 touchdowns, numbers that are still phenomenal in today’s NFL. After leaving San Francisco, Parks would find limited success with the Saints, an expansion franchise at the time. In his days with the Saints, he was used as a tight end, and it seems as if he was a backup as well, seeing that he did not start one game after leaving the 49ers. Parks would end up with totals of 208 receptions for 3334 yards and 27 touchdowns in 4 years with San Francisco.

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