Corey Parker not done with just yet at Broncos
Corey Parker's farewell premiership fairytale continues after his teammates dug deep to pull off a 24-14 comeback win against the Roosters in his last regular season game at Suncorp Stadium.
After walking onto the iconic Brisbane ground carrying two of his young children in his arms and another two by his side, Parker rallied his troops after the Roosters shot to a shock 14-0 just before half time.
The Broncos scored the next 24 points and defended with the a steely resolve that could take them and the retiring Parker to a premiership win in October.
As it turns out, Parker will be back at Suncorp Stadium for the opening round of finals action next weekend but against whom will not be known for a few more days.
Parker, the NRL's most capped forward in history with 346 games, was choked up with emotion before the game against the Roosters and deeply moved when thousands of fans poured into Suncorp Stadium to share in his farewell presentation and speech.
Parker's wife, Margaux, stood on the stage proudly with her husband as he thanked coach Wayne Bennett for giving him an opportunity to play for the Broncos 16 years ago and for making him captain of the club.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson showed his class in the post-match press conference telling the media it was "an honour" to have played and coached against Parker in his farewell game.
"On behalf of the Roosters I just want to say well done to Corey Parker," said Robinson unprompted.
"It was great for us to play on a night like tonight. It's been impressive to watch the guy play his career. Last year I thought he was the best forward playing out game."
Former Brisbane champion Darren Lockyer said Parker would appreciate the enormity of his achievements with Brisbane once all the emotion settled down.
"The only thing on Corey's mind tonight was that every Brisbane fan went home happy," said Lockyer who kicked a winning field goal in his last home appearance for Brisbane at the ground in 2011.
"It's relief, it's emotional and he would be feeling a little overwhelmed right now."
Lockyer said Parker had come through an era when he was mentored and groomed by "some pretty decent blokes" in Shane Webcke and Andrew Gee and a few others.
"Those guys were men of substance and I think that rubbed off on Corey."
Lockyer said the one quality he liked most about Parker was his amazing determination which was on show in the comeback win over the Roosters.
"Corey had a few setbacks along the way, including missing a lot of Origin games but he never let it get the better of him and fought his way back.
"To me, that's the sign of real character."
Parker told fans after the game there was a reason he only eve played for Brisbane, because he loved the club so much.
With the Broncos sitting in fourth place and knowing they can't finish any worse than fifth the ride is not over yet for Parker.