It really seems as though every time someone from the Dallas Cowboys organization talks to local radio station 105.3 The Fan, some kind of hot take or bold claim is made. Today was wide receiver Amari Cooper‘s turn.
When asked by The Fan’s Jeff Cavanaugh if Cooper could beat linebacker Micah Parsons in a footrace, Cooper said the rookie had “no chance.” Oh boy. Now that’s a race we would like to see… AFTER the season so nobody breaks anything.
Remember that Micah Parsons was actually a running back, proving that, yes, he really can do anything. There’s no denying that he’s used his speed on both the defensive line and at linebacker for the Cowboys this year, with at least one sack in each of his last six games. But let’s not forget that Cooper has broken a couple of ankles in his receiving career, too.
The confident rookie responded to Cavanaugh’s tweet before Cooper even exited the radio booth. Parsons called out both Cooper and CeeDee Lamb to test their speed.
Wisely, the radio host told Cooper about the tweet he saw. And, the receiver’s confident response shows that he isn’t afraid of the challenge. Cooper’s top speed in the NFL was in 2018 when he hit 20.82 MPH on a 90-yard touchdown.
This isn’t even the first time Cooper and Parsons have gone head to head in a “battle” of sorts. Six months ago, Parsons challenged Cooper to a chess match. That didn’t end so well for Micah. Maybe that’s why Cooper isn’t worried about this proposition.
Cooper also told The Fan that he raced former Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie last season. Cooper said he won that contest, which sparked an interesting response from Awuzie.
The now Bengal implied that Cooper wasn’t telling the whole story. Apparently, the cornerback had a sprained ankle at the time.
Sounds like we need to see a rematch and a new match between Parsons and Cooper. To give you some info on how these could go, let’s take a look at their 40-yard dash times.
- Amari Cooper: 4.42 seconds
- Micah Parsons: 4.39 seconds
- Chidobe Awuzie: 4.43 seconds
No one has a clear enough advantage here, except maybe that Parsons’ 40-yard dash time is the most recent. Regardless, we’d love to get the footage of this footrace. Who knows who or what a brimming-with-confidence Parsons will challenge next?