Eagles fans won’t like Micah Parsons’ nickname for Trevon Diggs

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Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons is having a historic season. He is fast, adaptable, and incredibly talented. But did you know he also has a fascination with animals?

This fun fact has come up many times in press conferences with local beat reporters. For starters, Parsons has named himself “the lion” this year. Why? He says it’s because a lion is always hungry. That’s how he plays his games.

After the team’s dominating Week 16 victory over the Washington Football Team, the rookie told the press that the Cowboys aren’t alligators. Why? Because alligators get paralyzed after they eat. The linebacker is essentially saying that the team, along with himself, will continue “to eat” after they win.

Parsons even compared Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray to a Cheetah, the fastest animal on Earth. Sadly, the Week 17 loss showed Murray was a bit too fast for the Cowboys.

His teammates caught on to Parsons’ interest in animals and asked if they could get nicknames, too. From there, the former Penn State product gave reporters a borderline Animal Planet documentary explanation for his new nickname for cornerback Trevon Diggs.

Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons names teammate Trevon Diggs “the eagle”

When Diggs asked for a nickname, Parsons said he was the eagle of the team. Because no other bird can reach an eagle’s altitude, similar to how Diggs can use his impressive vertical to snatch interceptions from opposing quarterbacks. Sorry, Eagles fans. There’s now a member of the Cowboys whose earned nickname is your team mascot.

Parsons went on to say that he, as the lion, owns the ground and Diggs owns the air. Honestly, not a bad analogy and we appreciate the zoology lesson.

Why the obsession with animals? The rookie says he studies animal videos as a way to motivate him for games. When asked if he could assign an animal to every member of the team, he said teammates need to “earn” their animal card. Parsons also has more videos to watch before being able to give out additional cards.

It seems this animal kingdom he’s started is something the rookie takes great pride in. Maybe National Geographic can give Parsons his own tv show in the offseason? I can totally hear Parsons’ voice replacing whoever the random British guy is who always narrates those animal documentaries.