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Born: Nov 17, 1990 – Vancouver, British Columbia
2017: Years as a Lion: 5th Years in CFL: 5th Status: National
Career Games: 69 Playoffs: 5 Grey Cup: 0
Parker signed as a free agent with the Lions on June 25, 2013.
2016: A productive and effective year for the BC native as Keynan appeared in all 18 regular season games as a special teams ace and defensive back as well the club’s two postseason games. Earning multiple starts at cornerback when injuries struck the Lions’ secondary, he recorded a career-high 13 defensive stops and another three tackles on special teams.
2015: Keynan continued to develop as an everyday defensive player see action both at corner and safety in addition to his primary role on special teams. Appearing in all 18 regular season games for a second consecutive year, he tallied 13 special teams stops which was third among all Lions in addition to a defensive tackle and a forced fumble.
2014: Appearing in all 18 regular season games, Keynan saw action primarily on special teams where he recorded 18 tackles, good enough for third overall on the club. His best outings came against Toronto on Aug 17/14 and in the Eastern Semi-Final as he notched a season-high of three special teams stops in both games.
2013: Keynan signed with the Lions on June 23 following his release by the Montreal Alouettes at the end of training camp. He made his CFL debut in the season-opener and spent three weeks on the club’s practice roster before being activated again for Week 5 and ultimately seeing action in 15 regular season games as well as the Western Semi-Final. A key part of the coverage units he recorded 12 special teams stops and in limited time as a defensive reserve, also made notched one tackle.
2012: Keynan was originally drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in the sixth round (42nd overall) of the 2012 CFL Draft but returned to school for his final season of eligibility.
2008-2011: The Coquitlam, BC native was a two-way threat for the Simon Fraser University Clan, lining up as not only a defensive back, but also taking a few snaps as a running back after transferring from the Oregon State Beavers in 2011. In 2012 with the Clan, the first Canadian university admitted to NCAA Division II, Parker helped lead his team to their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference road win in school history, defeating the Dixie State College Red Storm 58-47 in a game in which he forced a fumble that led to a touchdown drive. He finished his final season with 31 defensive tackles and 62 rushing yards on 15 carries.
During his amateur playing days, Keynan was also an accomplished track and field athlete and often distinguished himself as one of the fastest players on his team. In 2007, he set the Canadian youth record in the 200 meter sprint (21.44 seconds) at the Royal Canadian Legion Nationals before placing fifth at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.61 in that same year. His father, James Parker, played in the CFL with the Lions Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup as a member of the Leos in 1985.