Here are some things we definitely know about Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons. He has an incredible 12 sacks, 57 solo tackles, and three forced fumbles in just 13 games. He is a clear frontrunner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. And, he is now on track to potentially become only the second rookie in NFL history besides Lawrence Taylor to win Defensive Player of the Year.
But did you know he is also a running back?! That’s right. This kid really can do it all. Growing up in Harrisburg, PA, Parsons was a star running back in high school. Why is this not so shocking? Because we have seen how fast he can get to quarterbacks and wide receivers. In his Pro Day at Penn State, Parsons ran an impressive 4.39-second 40-yard dash.
In an alternate universe, the Cowboys could undeniably use Parsons as a running back with a run game that continues to struggle in the second half of the season. With Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard still struggling with injuries, could Kellen Moore consider throwing Parsons in the mix?! Probably not. But it would be pretty exciting given his highlight reel. More than anything… it’s just flat-out impressive.
Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons also has running back experience
This footage yet again begs the question, “What can’t Micah Parsons do?” He has already toggled between both linebacker and defensive end this season and proved his mettle at both of those positions.
Although Parsons himself likely wouldn’t deny that playing linebacker in college was the right choice, he’s never been shy about his days at running back. In an entertaining interview with NFL Network’s Kim Jones, Jones shared with Parsons that his former coach James Franklin said Parsons would have made a great running back in college due to his proven speed. When asked to respond, the linebacker said, “You know that makes me upset, because I told him I wanted to play running back, and he wouldn’t let me play running back.”
Without missing a beat, Parsons continued to say, “You could have looked at me like a Derrick Henry, really.” Alright. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, buddy. If we take anything from this, it’s that the rookie has had confidence in the entirety of his play since before he even played a snap in the NFL.
Regardless of whether Parsons thinks he should’ve been a running back in college, we hope he’d be happy with where he’s at now. Breaking records on the other side of the ball has to make him forgive coach Franklin for not allowing him to play RB.