Only two weeks ago, Ron Parker had been let go by a third NFL team since joining the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
But within 24 hours as part of an unusually busy final rejiggering of the Chiefs roster, the obscure and evidently nomadic South Carolina native was summoned to Kansas City. Who could know it would pay major dividends for both in the Chiefs’ 17-16 victory over Dallas on Sunday?
The move that largely was intended just to upgrade depth and perhaps special teams play brought him back to an area where he’d previously spent a little more than a year, at Independence Community College, before ending up at Division II Newberry College back in South Carolina.
"I kind of knew I’d have another chance" in the NFL, he said. "The big thing for me is just to keep my head up and keep on grinding and keep on trying to find a home. And now I think I’ve found a home over here with the Chiefs."
If he hasn’t found a home, the reserve cornerback at least availed himself to an opportunity:
On what he believed was just his second defensive play of the game, Parker’s strip of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and recovery of the fumble in the fourth quarter was among a number of keys to the Chiefs’ 17-16 victory.
The Chiefs now are plus-two in turnovers in each of their first two games, a major reason they are 2-0.
"The whole day I was waiting on Coach to call my number; with Dunta Robinson being down I’m the next man up," he said. "So when I finally got in the game and got an opportunity to make my play, Coach called the blitz. I came on the blitz and ran it right."
He added: "We disguised our blitz pretty good, and Romo, he just didn’t know it was coming. So the lineman blocked down and I came free and I just kept on running and stripped him from the backside."
The moment came in just his 10th NFL appearance.
my first big NFL play since I’ve been in the league," he said. "I’m still feeling the juice of it now."
After his unsettled career took yet another turn in what seemed an unremarkable roster tweak by the Chiefs.