The product of Pee Wee and Bantam Youth Football in Akron, Paris went on to earn first team All-City and All-District honors at Akron North High and All –American honors at Youngstown State. Although he lettered all four years (1979-82), the 5-9, 170 pound running back had to play a secondary role his first two years in the YSU offensive attack behind the school’s all-time leading rusher, Robby Robson. However, his patience and calm demeanor was paid in dividends as he came up with two great back-to-back seasons. In 1981 he rushed for 1,363 yards on 245 carries, for an average of 5.6 yards a carry. And his 104 points he scored ranked him first in the NCAA Division I AA. Against Northern Iowa he ran for 215 yards on 33 carries, scored an YSU record-breaking five TDs, four in the fourth quarter, and ran for a two-point conversion for another all-time school record of 32 points. All in a day’s work for a player who was affectionately called “Sweet Pea” by his friends. His performance earned Wicks first team honors in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and on the Associated Press’ All-America squad. Wicks repeated those same honors when he rushed for 1,392 yards, had seven 100-plus yards rushing games, and ran for 10 TDs. This time, however, he tacked on the OVC’s Offensive Player of the Year honors, as well. For his career, Wicks accounted for 4,028 all-purpose yards, rushing for 3,101 yards for 5.2 yards per carry average and scored 30 touchdowns. Needless to say, Wicks was inducted into his alma mater’s sports hall of fame in 1992. Tonight, his hometown does the same! Wicks is a production manager at the Chrysler Plant in Twinsburg and resides in Fairlawn.