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K-State Slate: 1.5.2015 - Former Wildcat star Jack Parr passes

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Slow day today, and we say farewell to a Wildcat legend.

Don't shoot the messenger.
Don't shoot the messenger.
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Kansas State lost another legend on Sunday, as former Wildcat star Jack Parr passed at his home in Lindsborg at the age of 78. Parr was a three-time All-Big Seven/Eight selection and a third-team NABC All-American in 1958, leading the Wildcats to the Big Eight championship and ultimately the Final Four that year. He was also an honorable mention All-Americal selection in 1957, and helped the 'Cats win the Big Seven in 1956. His most famous moment, probably, was when he flat rejected Wilt Chamberlain on a layup in the closing seconds of a critical 1958 game at Allen Fieldhouse, ensuring a 79-75 win.

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After his college career, Parr was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings), and played one year before retiring. He later became a Big Eight official. At the time his career ended, he was K-State's all-time scoring leader; to this day he still holds the school's single-season rebounding record, and is second on the career list. His #33 jersey is one of the ten retired jerseys hanging in the rafters at Bramlage Coliseum. Next time you're there, be sure to look up and offer a farewell.

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