Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons took the league by storm this year. His tenacity, constant hunger to do more, and elite versatility allowed him to make an instant impact with the Cowboys. The Lion, as he calls himself, got much notoriety around the league and quickly became one of the most talked-about players in the NFL.
But the talk was justified. Parsons lived up to the hype around his name. In his first 16 games as a pro, Parsons amassed, 13.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, 84 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 30 QB hits. Those stats earned him a plethora of awards and honors including:
- Pro Bowl selection
- Butkus Award
- AP First-Team All-Pro
- AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
- Defensive Rookie of the Month (twice)
- NFL Defensive Player of the Year by NFL 101
- Rookie of the Year by PFF
- Defensive Player of the Year by PFF
- Rookie of the Year by PFWA
- Pepsi Zero Rookie of the Week (3x)
- Defensive Rookie of the Year by PFWA
- Madden ’22 Rookie of the Year
At just 22 years old, the Penn State product already needs a giant trophy case. His competitiveness and star quality have been recognized by many. He was a star at the NFL honors. He was a fan favorite at the Pro Bowl. He already has a sponsorship with Pizza Hut. He has been interviewed by some of the biggest and best in sports media. And, he attended the Super Bowl with some of the greatest players in the league.
Now, the WWE is capitalizing off his stardom too. The WWE gave Parsons a custom Rookie of the Year title belt. While it is likely a promotional item due to the fact that WrestleMania is scheduled to take place at AT&T Stadium this year, there’s no doubt that the wrestling world knows this young player will be a good face for their league. I guess the perks are nice when you have a breakout rookie year.
Cowboys’ Micah Parsons gets custom WWE belt and continues his star-studded path by meeting the league’s elite at the Super Bowl
Parsons spent the entire week leading up to the Super Bowl in Los Angeles attending the NFL Honors and participating in tons of press opportunities. No breaks for the Lion. Parsons told reporters that he was using his opportunity to go to the Super Bowl as a way to “manifest” himself getting there in the future.
At the big game, he got to meet guys like Patrick Mahomes, Trevor Lawrence, and Ray Lewis. Mahomes and Lawrence signed jerseys for him that he can also add to his collection. The rookie said he’s excited that he can “set [his] man cave up the right way after my first year.”
Parsons was also excited that he got to meet Hall of Famer and legendary linebacker Ray Lewis at the Super Bowl. On his chat with Lewis, the rookie said “Lewis told me ‘we don’t take breaks,’ so I guess we don’t take breaks.” This seems like a very similar mindset to the one Parsons already has. The Cowboy is constantly telling people he is still hungry and ready to improve next year.
Despite the Super Bowl week feeling more like a Hollywood movie than a football experience for Parsons, the rookie seemed to get a lot out of it. Here’s his mindset after his time in LA:
"“I was speaking to Zeke and Dak this weekend, telling them I’m looking forward to next year. That’s what the mindset is. This is what it has to be. To get something you want, you’ve got to work for it. After seeing the Rams win it, and I was there to visualize and see what it looked like to be champion – I don’t know what it takes because I haven’t done it, but I’ve seen it and I’ve just got to do it the right way.”"
Hopefully the continued limelight doesn’t get to this rookie’s head, and he is focused on helping the Cowboys win a Super Bowl.