Micah Parsons admits he’s ‘a huge fan’ of Aaron Donald ahead of Rams game

Cowboys, Micah Parsons. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Cowboys, Micah Parsons. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys may have one of the best defensive players in the league on the roster in the always-electric Micah Parsons, but he doesn’t have a legitimate claim to the title of the league’s top defensive star thanks to the presence of Los Angeles Rams megastar Aaron Donald.

Even though Parsons has been getting comparisons to the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Donald will likely hold the title of best defensive player in the league emeritus until he retires. Parsons will get a chance to see just how close he is to replicating Donald’s dominance in their Week 5 clash.

The Cowboys may be facing a Rams team that has sputtered to begin the season, but the presence of Donald means they can never be taken lightly. Parsons is well aware of this, given what a huge fan he is of Donald’s game and the way he conducts himself on the field.

“My level of respect for him is through the roof,” Parsons said, via dallascowboys.com. “He sets the tone for their defense. He’s dominated since his rookie year. He’s been an All-Pro since his rookie year and he’s the standard of how you wanna be when you come into the league.”

Cowboys’ Micah Parsons is a big fan of Aaron Donald

Only five players in the league have more sacks than Parsons, who has four through four games. One of them, Bradley Chubb, has five games under his belt. Parsons finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting last year thanks to an all-time great season from Donald, but he might have a more legit shot this year.

As fun as the Cooper Rush experience has been, the Cowboys are winning games because of their defense. Dan Quinn’s unit is giving up 15.5 points per game, which is third-best in the league. No team has scored 20 points against Dallas this year, and Parsons is the main reason why.

If you ask Dante Fowler, someday there won’t be much difference between Donald and Parsons’ respective peaks.

Parsons is already such a dominant young player that he is being viewed as the unquestioned leader of this Dallas defense after just 1.25 seasons in the fold. If you’re looking for Donald parallels, he assumed that role after winning Defensive Rookie of the Year.

If Parsons ends up having half the career Donald has had, he could end up with a gold jacket by the time it is all said and done. As far as choosing a role model goes, picking arguably the best defensive tackle in NFL history is not a bad choice for the dynamic pass rusher.