Parker Estes - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 45


  • position Tight End
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 212
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Paris, Ky.
  • High school Bourbon County

2021 – Freshman

  • Practiced with the team
  • Dean’s List (Fall 2021)

High School

  • Two-way player at wide receiver, tight end and outside linebacker at Bourbon County
  • Started two seasons for head coach and former Wildcat alumnus David Jones
  • Didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school
  • As a senior, had 26 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns, while charting 30 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks in only six games due to a COVID-shortened season
  • Also a four-year letter winner in basketball and lettered one season in track
  • Earned All-Region and All-District honors in basketball as a senior
  • Member of the 2A State Runner-Up team in 2019
  • Also excelled academically, earning first-team academic All-State honors three years
  • Member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the Beta Club
  • Named the United State Marine Corps Distinguished Male Athlete of the Year in his senior class
  • Chose Kentucky over Marshall, EKU, Morehead State, Kentucky Wesleyan and Centre


  • Born in Paris, Ky.
  • Son of Joe and Leigh-Clay Estes
  • Siblings are Clay and Marleigh
  • Majoring in pre-finance

Parker Says

  • His nickname is “John P”
  • He chose Kentucky because it would best push him to reach his academic and athletic potential, while also being able to represent his hometown team
  • After his football career he would like to be a sports broadcaster
  • Three words to describe him are “determined, good-spirited, and funny”
  • The best advice he’s ever received was “it’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
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