Monacan grad Parson ready for NFL lockout to end

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Monacan graduate Mark Parson doesn't seem like someone who has a lot of time on his hands.  The third year NFL man has been keeping busy as he waits for the lockout to end.

Parson has been splitting his time getting his degree at Ohio University, and working out back in Richmond.  Saturday, Parson is hosting a football camp for high school age players at Monacan High.

Parson went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.  He was signed by the Houston Texans that season, but finished the year with the New Orleans Saints.  The cornerback spent most of last season on the Saints practice squad.  He is under contract to play in New Orleans next year.

Parson has been working out at Elkin Sports Performance on Overbrook Avenue in Richmond.  He said that right now NFL players are beginning to feel the hurt of missing OTA's, and being able to spend organized activities with their teammates. But, he adds, he believes all the players are on the same page - that they want this lockout over, but they do not want to give the owners all they are looking for.

The good thing about having some time off is that Parson accomplish some things that he has always planned on doing.  He's finishing up his degree in Ohio, and he's holding the camps to share what he's learned about being a successful NFL player with some of the younger children in the Richmond area.

Parson is joined at the camp by St. Louis Wide Receiver Brandon McRae. The camp is this Saturday from 11am to 2pm at Monacan High School and is open to all high school age players.

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