Mark Parson is a defensive back for the Houston Texans, who signed him as a free agent in 2009. Parson, who played college football at Ohio, went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has also spent time with the New Orleans Saints.
Prep Career
After graduating from Monacan High School in Richmond, VA, Parson spent one season at Fork Union Military Academy, where he transitioned from running back to defensive back. He intercepted five passes in his one season with Fork Union.
College Career
Parson arrived at Ohio in time for spring practice in 2005, allowing him to play 10 games as a true freshman. The next season, he broke into the starting lineup regularly, starting 10 games as a sophomore. He had 16 pass breakups in 2006, one shy of the Ohio single-season record. Over his final two seasons at Ohio, Parson was a full-time starter who recorded four interceptions. He finished his career with the Bobcats with 150 total tackles and five interceptions.
Professional Career
Parson was eligible to be selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. Parson was invited to the Detroit Lions rookie minicamp, but did not earn a roster spot. He signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans for the preseason, but was waived on Sept. 5, 2009. One day later, he was re-signed to Houston's practice squad. After being waived in late September, Parson signed to the pratice squad of the New Orleans Saints. The Texans signed him off the Saints practice squad on Nov. 26, 2009.