Former Buc QB’s are Tide/Tiger radio color analysts
By Wayne Wood
Alabama and Auburn’s football teams play at Bryant -Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Saturday-November 24th of 2018. In the press box will be the radio broadcast crews of both teams. On one side will be the Alabama Crimson Tide’s play-by-play announcer, Eli Gold and on the other will be the Auburn Tiger’s play-by-play announcer, Rod Bramblett. Both of these men will be accompanied during the game by two former Buc quarterbacks who serve as color commentators adding to the excitement: Stan White for Auburn and John Parker Wilson for Alabama.
It is probably a rare thing indeed for this to be happening within the state with two Bucs with Hoover ties serving in these roles now for the same football season though both Stan and John Parker are somewhat years apart in age. John Parker was born in the fall of 1985 when Stan was playing as a 9th grade QB for the Berry High School Bucs in Hoover.
Stan became a starter mid-way at quarterback of his sophomore year in 1986 and held that position through his senior season of 1988 when he helped lead Bob Finley’s Bucs to the state championship game at Legion Field. He signed with Auburn University and redshirted his freshman year of 1989. In 1990, as a freshman, he became the starter and started every game-45 straight contests through his senior year of 1993 -a season when he led the Tigers to an 11-0 record and was named a permanent captain. He passed for 8,000 yards for his career-still an AU record. He played for AU Legendary coach Pat Dye until 1993 when Terry Bowden was the head coach.
He played in the NFL as a professional player for the New York Giants from 1994-1997 before playing a year in London, England in a European League. Stan retired from pro football and took over his dad’s insurance business (State Farm) moving back to Hoover where he resides with his wife Tina and their 3 children.
In 2001, Stan took on the role as the football radio color commentator for his college alma mater at Auburn. He has made speaking engagements throughout the state and has made advertisements with Alabama’s announcer, Eli Gold at times.
By the late 1990’s, Berry High School had transformed to the Berry Middle School Bucs where John Parker became a quarterback star playing his home games at Finley Stadium where Stan had played a little more than 10 years earlier. In 2000, he became a 9th-grade quarterback for the Hoover Bucs where head coach Rush Propst was now in charge.
As a sophomore backup at QB in 2001 behind senior starter Blake Davidson for most of the season. Early in the state playoffs, Blake went down with a knee injury and suddenly 10th grader John Parker became the starter for a Buc team which at the time was 12-0 going into the state quarter-finals against Jess Lanier/Bessemer on the road. In a rain-soaked game, Hoover kept the offense conservative enough to protect the young QB and squeezed out a close win. The next week, on the road at Huffman, John Parker helped the Bucs to a semi-final win to go to Legion Field to face Daphne for the state title.
He passed effectively at times such as an early TD pass to Chad Jackson to take an early lead yet struggled at other times. Daphne won big but the experience John Parker gained those last 3 games helped into his junior season in 2002. He helped lead the Bucs to two straight titles that year and his senior year of 2003.
John Parker signed with the University of Alabama in 2004 and gray shirted. In 2005, he was a backup to senior Brodie Croyle and in 2006 became the Crimson Tide’s starter under coach Mike Shula. In 2007, when Nick Saban became the head coach, he held on to the starting position into 2008-the year the Tide went undefeated until the SEC title game loss to Florida and later in the Sugar Bowl.
John Parker attained several Bama passing records during his college career before signing as a free agent for the NFL Atlanta Falcons in 2009 where he played through 2011. He played with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 before finishing with the Pittsburg Steelers and retiring from pro football
He and his wife Tyler live in the Birmingham area where he is a financial adviser for Morgan Stanley. Just this year in 2018, John Parker accepted the role as the football radio broadcast color commentator for his college alma mater at Alabama.
It is a rather unique situation to have two former Buccaneers serving in the same role on opposite sides in a great rivalry game between Alabama and Auburn. Though on opposite sides that day, both Stan White and John Parker Wilson will always remain alumni of the Buc Nation.