Seattle Seahawks Tight End Colby Parkinson is no stranger to being a difference-maker on, and off the field. After graduating from Southern California powerhouse Oaks Christian School in 2017, Colby signed to play football at Stanford University as the #1 Tight End in the 2017 recruiting class.
At Stanford, Colby made an immediate impact, playing in all 14 games as a freshman. In his sophomore season, Parkinson was named an Honorable Mention for the 2018 All PAC-12 Team. His junior year, Parkinson built on his previous success, earning a spot on the 2nd Team for the 2019 All Pac-12 Football Team.
After the 2019 season, Parkinson was selected by the Seahawks in the 4th Round (133rd Overall) in the 2020 NFL Draft. Throughout his time in Seattle, Parkinson has served as an integral component to the Seahawks’ rushing and passing attacks.
Starting last season, Colby made an impact on football in a new way, by deciding to wear the Q-Collar and become a leader in the sport by taking action to help protect his brain and share his experience with players everywhere.
We had the chance to ask Colby a few questions to learn more about him. Check it out below!
Growing up, who were your football heroes?
“My football heroes growing up were legendary tight ends like Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. My dad and my brother were also huge influences on my football career and my desire to pursue it.”
What is your favorite moment of your career?
“Catching my first-career touchdown against the Broncos on Monday Night Football. It ended up being the game winner and the 12s were going crazy! So much fun.”
What does your time at Stanford University mean to you?
“Going to Stanford was such a blessing to me. Being surrounded by so many high achieving individuals pushed me to better myself every day. It helped set me up for success for the rest of my life on and off the field.”
How did you first hear about the Q-Collar?
“I first heard about the Q-Collar from my wife when we were dating. Her father is Q30 Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Julian Bailes. At first, I told him I'd wear it because I wanted to get on his good side, but now I am firm believer in the science and the results I've seen personally. It's a revolutionary device.”
What made you ultimately decide to wear the Q-Collar in practice and games?
“I used to shy away from learning about the effects of brain injuries because there weren't any real preventative measures I could take. That is until the Q-Collar came about. It helps protect my brain from the inside out and gives me the confidence I need to perform every Sunday.”
Is there a sport outside of football that you follow? If so, what team do you root for?
“I loved baseball growing up and still follow the Dodgers closely. Outside of that I am absolutely hooked on golf. I follow the PGA Tour every week and try to golf as much as I can!”