Roscoe Parrish (born July 16, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver and kick returner. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in the second round (55th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.
Collegiate career and early life
Parrish played quarterback at Miami Senior High. He then attended the University of Miami and converted to the wide receiver position and finished his college career with 81 receptions. He is the cousin of NFL running back Branden Oliver.
Track and field
Parrish was also a track star at the University of Miami, where he ran the 60 meters, 100 meters and 200 meters, posting personal bests of 6.89 seconds, 10.65 seconds and 21.13 seconds, respectively.
He also competed in the 55 meters, posting a personal best time of 6.38 seconds.
|55 meters||6.38||Gainesville, Florida||January 18, 2003|
|60 meters||6.89||Syracuse, New York||February 16, 2002|
|100 meters||10.65||Coral Gables, Florida||April 12, 2003|
|200 meters||21.13||Storrs, Connecticut||May 4, 2003|
2005 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 9¾ in||170 lb||4.37 s||1.56 s||2.54 s||4.20 s||6.64 s||36 in||10 ft 6 in||10 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
2005 NFL Draft
The Buffalo Bills chose Parrish in the second round (55th overall) during the 2005 NFL Draft.
Parrish's NFL career with the Buffalo Bills got off to a slow start, with Parrish missing the first six games due to injury. Parrish played in a limited role for the next 10 games, finishing the 2005 season with 15 receptions for 148 yards (9.9 avg.) and one touchdown.
Parrish served as the Bills fourth wide receiver. Parrish finished the year with 23 receptions for 320 yard (13.9 avg.) and 2 touchdowns.
As a punt returner, Parrish gained 364 yards on 32 attempts (11.4 avg.) and one score. Parrish's finest moment came when he ran back an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown in a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Parrish returned his first punt return of the season for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos. He became the first player in the 2007 season to score a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a punt return touchdown.
In the Bills seasons opener against Seattle, Parrish returned a punt return 63 yards for a touchdown.
San Diego Chargers
On April 3, 2012, Parrish signed with the San Diego Chargers, but was released as of August 27, 2012.
Later that same day, Parrish was signed by the Oakland Raiders, who needed a returner to fill in for a hurt Jacoby Ford. However, in the following preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Parrish fumbled both punt return attempts, did not see the field again, and was cut the following day.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On September 25, 2012, Parrish was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to replace Jordan Shipley as the team's kick returner.