Once again, Dallas Cowboys Swiss-Army knife linebacker Micah Parsons was a major highlight and impressive story of the game. In Week 5, not only was Parsons as impressive as ever, but he did so while battling through a groin injury he sustained late in the first quarter.
These days, adversity seems to be the name of the game for the second-year defender. While he is certainly naturally talented and gifted, he works harder than most to be as good as he is. So far this season, he’s already battled through a pretty serious illness (and played incredibly well in the game that week) and tons of strains and soreness. After he was asked about soreness he simply told reporters, that it’s a part of the game and it won’t hold him back.
That sentiment was evident again against the Rams.
Parsons limped off the field at halftime and was seen wincing on an exercise bike on the sideline when the second half started. It didn’t look great, but the linebacker refused to let it stop him from helping his team win. He’d limp in between plays but was determined enough to get five tackles, two safeties, and a forced fumble despite the groin issue.
He told his coaches that sitting out just wasn’t an option.
Micah Parsons gives inspiring post-game interview after battling a groin injury in Cowboys win
In fact, it was the ailing Parsons who had the game-winning strip-sack to send the Cowboys back to Dallas victorious.
Unsurprisingly, FOX’s Tom Rinaldi was sent to interview the 23-year-old after the game. When Rinaldi asked how he was able to battle through the injury, this is what Parsons said:
"“I just got taped up. I told coach I can’t do a whole lot of running but I can rush. And I just did what I could. I knew my team needed me. And I just can’t be denied. I just love the game. I’m just willing to push through anything.”"
Hearing how competitive and passionate he is really is inspiring, although it’s worth noting that we hope the coaching staff is smart with Parsons because nobody wants him to have to sit out with a lingering injury. That would mean he couldn’t be part of a defense he called resilient:
"“Everyone is accountable. When we make mistakes we clean them up. We communicate like no other. I’ve never been a part of a team like this. This is the first year where I felt like it was all love. There’s so much love in that room. And we just ride for each other. So if one starts fighting, we all fghting. I just love what we got. We just gotta keep going.”"
For Parsons to not only stay in the game after an injury but to also look at his best while dealing with an issue is the mark of a true competitor — just like the legendary athletes he looks up to and aspires to be at such a young age.
People may have doubted if Parsons would return, but people have been doubting the Cowboys since Week 1. Frankly, the 23-year-old knows the doubters are wrong. How? Because this team has the fight to win amidst adversity:
"“I have nothing for the doubters. We just have to keep putting in the work, man. You just gotta work. Work overcomes all. Work beats adversity when you’re down. People want to keep you down but if you fight you can always get through anything. And this team is fighting right now. So just keep believing in the fight.”"
We’ve said it before and we will say it again. Parsons should seriously consider taking up pep talks whenever he’s done dominating this league.