Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons is living the good life out in Los Angeles ahead of the Super Bowl. He attended the NFL Honors ceremony and brought home some hardware winning AP Defensive Rookie of the Year unanimously. He did interviews with Jim Rome and Bleacher Report. He also very boldly decided to do a one-on-one interview with well-known Cowboys hater Stephen A. Smith on First Take.
The rookie called into the show and the first thing the ESPN commentator said to him was, “I’m shocked that you were brave enough to come on First Take. I don’t expect Cowboys to come on First Take. It’s a scary proposition for y’all.” To which Parsons unsurprisingly replied, “I ain’t scared of nothing, man. The lion always hungry.”
To be fair, Parsons didn’t have to listen to Smith yelling in person. The rookie was hilariously doing the interview as a passenger in a moving vehicle while sporting a customized Pizza Hut letterman jacket. But the Cowboy also wasn’t shy about Stephen A’s constant smack talking of his team. The rookie straight up asked the broadcaster why he hated the team so much.
Smith said the only reason he hates the team is because of the obnoxious fan base. He even made up the word “disgustiating” to describe Cowboys Nation. I guess that’s a mix of disgusting and infuriating?! Smith then said that the players “should be blaming the fans” for believing the Cowboys could win Super Bowls in losing seasons.
The rookie had a perfect response: “We should be welcoming fans. You need to have belief, Stephen!”
Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons appears on ‘First Take’ for an interview with Stephen A. Smith ahead of Super Bowl and says his teammates are ready to go further next year
Although Smith did spend part of the segment laughing at crying Cowboys fans, he did have a lot of nice things to say about Parsons. The First Take host called Parsons a hell of a player and a superstar in the making and made sure to say his comments were sincere.
They transitioned into talking about the Super Bowl, which Parsons will attend. When Smith asked how it feels to go but not be playing, the rookie said he is going to use it to “manifest” his future in the game. The Cowboy wants to use the opportunity to visualize his moment and get ready for what to expect when he ultimately plays in one.
Smith admired Parsons’ confidence but also asked whether Parsons thinks his teammates have the same hunger and ability to step up. The rookie said:
"“I’m very confident. I know the work they’ve put in. I know what they are capable of. I have seen how hungry they are. We are hungry, man! Don’t you think we are tired of Stephen A ‘hehehehe’ and the rest of the Cowboys haters.”"
We think everyone is tired of Smith’s nonsense. But it is awesome to see that the rookie not only has confidence in himself but in his teammates as well. Smith said “he’s concerned” by Parsons’ faith and is worried the Cowboys might actually win a playoff game next year.
By far the best part of the interview was when Molly Qerim asked the Cowboy “who he is taking in the Super Bowl” … meaning who he thinks will win. Parsons didn’t understand. He responded, “I’m taking my guy Bernie,” and whoever was sitting next to him in the car said, “no! who you think will win!” Not feeling embarrassed for a second, Parsons chose the Rams.
The young player has not backed down from any questions and is confident in his abilities. Let’s hope attending the Super Bowl gives him the hunger to be there himself next year.