UK receiver Parker can carry a tune

October 12, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON - Kentucky receiver Gerad Parker has been plagued with bad luck when it comes to injuries during his collegiate career, but he's had much better luck in another pursuit - karaoke contests.

He's won several contests with his favorite song, "Friends in Low Places," by Garth Brooks.

"That's the song I go to whenever I get in those contests," Parker admitted. "I really enjoy that song, and I do it better than anything else."

Parker was a singer before he was a football payer. His father's side of the family sang in the church choir and he sang in the high school choir.

"My sister sings and has a great voice," Parker said. "Singing is something I grew up with and decided to continue to enjoy when I got to college. I've won two or three karaoke contests just fooling around and having a good time with guys on the team."


Parker says his musical ability normally surprises teammates who have not been around him. "Once they find out I can sing, they kind of like it. Singing is how I keep a smile on my face," he said.

Parker also sings a little Montgomery Gentry. He knows Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry not only are UK fans, but they are also from small Kentucky towns like him. His favorite Montgomery Gentry tune is "My Town."

"They are really good," Parker said.

Parker isn't the only Montgomery Gentry fan on the team. Quarterback Shane Boyd also likes the two because of their Kentucky roots.

"I am a fan of anybody from Kentucky having success. I wouldn't say I know all their songs, but I like their music," Boyd said.

He hopes to go to their Dec. 31 concert in Rupp Arena.

"That would be my first country concert, but I want to support guys from Kentucky who have had success and I also think it would be kind of fun to just watch them perform," Boyd said.

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