UF standout Bernie Parrish dies at 83

Bernie Parrish was a Gator Great.

Former Gator great Bernie Parrish, a two-sport star at Florida in the 1950s, died Wednesday in Springfield, Mo. He was 83.

Parrish, a member of the UF Hall of Fame, played halfback and defensive back under Bob Woodruff in 1956-57. He also was a standout second basemen for Dave Fuller (1956-58).

His most memorable performance for the Gator football team came in a 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt in the 1957 season. He scored both touchdowns, kicked both extra points and had an interception and seven tackles on defense. That performance earned him the AP national back of the week award.

Parrish was born in Long Beach, Calif., but grew up in Gainesville and attended P.K. Yonge before enrolling at Florida. He is the No. 76 player on The Sun’s list of the 100 best all-time UF football players.

After UF, Parrish went on to have an eight-year NFL career with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Oilers.