Chris Chelios’ Hall of Fame career got early boost from friend Bobby Parker
(Leon Halip / Getty photo / December 1, 2012) Sports Xchange 5:27 p.m. CST, November 11, 2013 Injured Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez http://tracking.si.com/2013/11/09/lawrence-taylor-on-jonathan-martin/ might never play another game for the Cornhuskers. Martinez, a senior, has missed the last two games and five of the last six with a variety of injuries, and an injury to Martinez’s foot is the current problem that may not allow him to return this season. When coach Bo Pelini was asked on Monday whether Martinez would play again this season, he said, according to the Detroit Free Press, “I don’t know if the chances are real good.” In fact, ESPN reported Martinez might need six to eight months to recover from the injury located between Martinez’s second and third toes. Martinez has been the Nebraska starter since his freshman year and holds school records for career total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Parker watched Chelios’ success unfold and kept setting higher expectations. At first he figured five or six NHL seasons would be amazing, and then the years piled up. Chelios finished his career with the NHL record for postseason appearances (24) and most games played by a defenseman by American (1,651). He retired at age 47 after one final stop with the Atlanta Thrashers. For some players, such as fellow inductee Scott Niedermayer, retiring was a difficult decision. Brendan Shanahan had no choice because he got cut. Geraldine Heaney was finally ready to hang up her skates after so much success for Team Canada when she was ready to get married and have children. “For me it was really easy,” Chelios said. “Zero goals, zero assists, zero points, so time to go.” Chelios had 185 goals and 763 assists, retiring ninth among defensemen in points with 948. Parker, who grew up idolizing Boston Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, never got a sniff of life in the NHL and is now a social worker living in Calgary. Parker is 51 now, just like Chelios.