It’s no secret that Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons has been making headlines all over the NFL lately. And he deserves the talk. Because he’s walking the walk (sorry – had to). What Parsons has been able to achieve in his first year as a pro is nothing short of impressive. So much so, that he is on track to potentially be only the second rookie in the league’s history (aside from Lawrence Taylor) to win Defensive Player of the Year.
In his last six games alone, Parsons has amassed 9.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, and ten tackles for loss. That’s the most in the NFL in all four of those categories.
His current streak of six straight games with a sack is the second-longest by a rookie. His sack total (12) is a mere 2.5 short of the current rookie record set in 1999 by Jevon Kearse of the Tennessee Titans. And he still has four regular-season games to play – the next of which is against a struggling New York Giants team with a backup quarterback.
So, is the rookie satisfied? Nope. He’s still hungry. In fact, just hours after their Week 14 win on the road against Washington, he texted defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to ask what was on the docket for Week 15. What was Quinn doing? Still breaking down the film from the WFT matchup.
Cowboys’ linebacker Micah Parsons says he thinks the NFL is easy
The 22-year-old then made headlines again just hours later by telling SI’s Albert Breer that he thinks doesn’t “really think the NFL is hard.” Bold move, Parsons. I am not an NFL linebacker, but I also don’t think I’d ever come out and say that one of the world’s most physically demanding professional sports is easy. Some say let the kid talk. Others say he shouldn’t get too arrogant and piss off the NFL community.
The rookie continued by adding:
"“I think they got some really great players around here. But I just think it’s a bunch of players that work really hard, and I think it rubs off whenever you play guys like La’el [Collins in practice]. When I’m going against La’el and I’m challenging him every down, saying, ‘What could I do there? How can I make this better?’ Or I’m going against Zack [Martin], and I’m just getting those opportunities, it really just makes those guys [on other teams] not look as good.”"
At this rate, it’s safe to say Parsons will likely continue to back up his bold quote. He’ll get another chance to stack his stats this Sunday as the Cowboys head back East again to take on the New York Giants. Until then, it’s pretty much Micah Parsons’ world, and we are all just living in it.