The NFL Honors were ultimately a great night for the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott capped the event by winning Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, and former Cowboys greats DeMarcus Ware and Chuck Howley were announced as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023.
It didn’t start off on a high note, however. Though not a big surprise, Micah Parsons missed out on Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. 49ers star Nick Bosa took home the honors after he led the NFL with 18.5 sacks and posted 48 quarterback hits on the league’s premier defense.
You can argue that Parsons impacts games more so than Bosa, but ultimately fans shouldn’t have any qualms that Bosa won the award.
Parsons will be the favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year next season, and he should be in contention for the award for most of his career. When all is said and done, he should have multiple DPOYs on his resume.
After all, Parsons is only using this latest “snub” as motivation.
After losing out to Bosa, Parsons fired off a string of tweets mid-show that indicate he’ll be out to prove something in 2023.
Cowboys’ Micah Parsons responds to latest Defensive Player of the Year snub.
What … what more does Parsons have to prove? You mean to tell us there’s another level of dominance he can channel? That there’s something beyond 13.5 sacks, 25-plus quarterback hits, double-digit tackles for loss and approaching the century mark in total pressures; 90, according to Pro Football Focus.
Consider yourself warned, NFL. As for the opposing quarterbacks on the Cowboys’ 2023 schedule, we send our sincerest condolences.
Multiple of Parsons teammates were disappointed the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year didn’t bring home any hardware Thursday night. Chief among them was Trevon Diggs, who pegged Parsons the “best player in the NFL” after the DPOY award was announced.
Parsons response should, once again, put the NFL on notice.
Surprised Parsons didn’t defer to his classic lion caption. “The lion always stays hungry,” or “the lion is never satisfied” have become Parsons’ calling cards. But quoting Muhammad Ali’s iconic “I’ll show you how great I am” speech more than suffices in this case. Leave it to Micah to find new ways to be intimidating.
While Parsons likely understands Bosa is a deserving winner, there’s no defending the fact he received zero first place votes. Parsons finished second overall in the voting, but Bosa (46 of 50), Hasson Reddick (two), Quinnen Williams (one), and Chris Jones (one) each got a first-place vote over the Cowboys phenom.
Probably fair to say Parsons will have a chip on his shoulder come 2023.