Ken Parrish was cut from the San Francisco 49ers before the 2007 season, didn't catch on anywhere in 2008, and finally came home and took a job as a police officer back home in Stroud Township, Pa., Monroe County, about an hour and a half northeast of Philadelphia.
About eight months passed, Parrish said Thursday. Then he got a call from a trainer he'd worked with in California, Paul Assad. Assad thought Parrish could still be a pro punter. "He was like, 'You need to make a decision. I'm going to tell you right now, if you want another shot at this, it's going to take your full dedication. It's not something you can do as a cop during the day, and train at night ... this is a no-joke league.' "
Parrish spent a few weeks talking it over with his family, including his father, William Parrish, a Stroud Township Police captain. The consensus was that Ken should go for it. He'll have the rest of his life to pursue a police career.
Parrish went West to work with Assad, showcased himself at a punting event Assad put together in Las Vegas, Parrish said. The Eagles, who'd worked Parrish out last April, apparently weren't thrilled with the OTA work of Wake Forest kicker-punter Sam Swank, whom they'd signed to take a little of the preseason load off punter Sav Rocca and kicker David Akers.