Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons is pretty active on Twitter. Usually, you can find him tweeting about basketball games, Penn State happenings, or even crowdsourcing social media to find things to do in Dallas. The linebacker even posted a tweet a week after the Cowboys’ Wild Card loss to see if he could find any bowling leagues to join in Texas.
Last week, he wanted to use Twitter as a way to give back to his over 225,000 followers. It all started when Parsons tweeted about his shock that gas prices were over $5 in certain parts of the country. Although the Cowboys linebacker certainly makes more than the average American, his concern is certainly valid and his sentiment is shared by many in the United States.
According to NPR, the average national price rose just above $5.00 on Saturday for the first time in history. It is believed that the economic recovery from the Covid pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine are the two main reasons for this major surge throughout the country. In places like California, gas is well over $6.00 at this point.
With no end in sight and no real way to fix the problem, Parsons took matters into his own hands. Replying to his previous tweet, he asked people to drop their Cash App account names so he could send fans money for gas. Cash App is an easy way to send and transfer money. Within minutes, the 23-year-old tweeted out photos of him sending $25 payments to multiple people on the app.
Cowboys LB Micah Parsons sends gas money to fans after tweeting about surging prices
According to his contract details, he had a $660,000 base salary in 2021 to go along with a $2.445 million signing bonus after being selected by Dallas in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In 2022, his base salary will increase to $1.4 million. Given the national average income in America is just over $50,000, Parsons is certainly far better off than most citizens.
However, when you compare that to the fact that he has teammates like Ezekiel Elliott who will make a base salary of over $12 million in 2022, what the Pennsylvania native is doing is a big gesture. It’s always nice to see football players being humanitarians and thoughtful people off the field.
This kind of behavior also shouldn’t be seen as a surprise from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. After he was drafted in 2021, Parsons bought his mom a home in Dallas, a gesture he always wanted to be able to do. He has always mentioned how important his mom was to him and didn’t wait long at all to repay her for all of the love and support she gave him.
Not only is the linebacker loved by many thanks to a historic rookie campaign, but now he will also be respected for what he does for those around him. Micah Parsons is a man of the people!