Micah Parsons, the Dallas Cowboys‘ first-round pick from 2021, kept pretty quiet on night one of the 2022 NFL Draft. At the beginning of the day, he tweeted out a kind message to all prospects telling them to enjoy their nights and savor the moment. The Cowboys linebacker didn’t have anything to say about his team’s 24th overall selection of OT Tyler Smith. Instead, he was busy watching one of his former Penn State teammate’s dreams come true.
Last night, the Washington Commanders traded back to the 16th overall pick and selected Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson. While he certainly wasn’t the best receiver on the board, Dotson had a very impressive 2021 with the Nittany Lions. He led Penn State with 91 receptions and 1,182 receiving yards and tied for eighth in the country with 12 receiving touchdowns in 12 starts.
In his introductory press conference, Dotson told reporters that after he got the call from Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, he received another call moments later. The second call wasn’t from someone with Washington. It was from his former Penn State teammate and his now NFC East enemy, Micah Parsons.
"“[Micah] FaceTimed me last night and said ‘You got to see me twice a year.’ That’s going to be a challenge within itself and I’m looking forward to it."
Parsons saw the video of Dotson’s press conference on social media posted by NBC Sports’ Jordan Giorgio. Let’s just say the Cowboys defender wasn’t having any of the smack talk. He replied to the video with a photo of himself absolutely smashing Washington QB Taylor Heinicke with a plethora of broom emojis. The brooms obviously represented the Cowboys sweeping Washington last year. Parsons poked fun at his former teammate and asked how he planned on getting the ball if he was tackling Dotson’s QB. The Commanders do have Carson Wentz now, but Parsons likely plans to sack Wentz just as much.
Cowboys’ Micah Parsons shuts down smack talk from former Penn State teammate Jahan Dotson who is now his NFC East rival
They may be “enemies” now, but the two are very close. According to NBC Sports, Dotson and Parsons roomed together during their time in Happy Valley. Dotson revealed that he leaned on the Cowboys rookie a lot during the pre-draft process. The now Commander would pick his brain about the professional side of the sport and asked for advice on how to make the transition to the NFL.
Parsons is a guy who certainly takes his Pennsylvania roots seriously. He made sure to shout out Harrisburg in his Defensive Rookie of the Year speech and he often mentions Penn State on his social media accounts. In fact, he just headed back to Happy Valley to attend the school’s spring football game and receive a key to the city from Harrisburg. Competitiveness aside, the Cowboy will likely be excited to see his former teammate on the field next year.
Dotson certainly is. The draftee said, “it’s going to be amazing to play him twice a year…it’s going to be really cool to play Micah.”