Time to get to know another Cowboy a little bit better. Linebacker Micah Parsons is up for a detailed look at his entire football career. As Parsons is on track to hold the ranking of “Defensive Player of the Year” award, it's only appropriate to look deeper into his path on how he got where he is now.
Micah was born on May 26th, 1999 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. When he grew older, he attended Central Dauphin High school, however, at the start of his Junior year he transferred schools to Harrisburg High School. At both Harrisburg and Dauphin, he would play football at running back and defensive end positions.
Even in these years of high school, Parsons still had stats like he does today. During his freshman year, he totaled 121 tackles and 27 tackles for a loss. In his junior year, 69 tackles and 20 tackles for a loss. In each high school season, Parsons also made sure to always have 10+ sacks for the year.
While he also played running back during his high school years, colleges weren't focused on that specific talent of his. Most were more concerned about his ability to rush the quarterbacks and make good clean tackles.
Parsons was the talk of the NCAA, having offers from Alabama, Penn State, Ohio State, Georgia, etc. After debate, Parsons chose Penn State, which would benefit him greatly due to Penn State being on the rise at the time.
While surprisingly only starting 1 single game in his freshman year of 2018, Parsons still led the team in total tackles with 82 overall. He holds the record of becoming the only Penn State freshman to lead the team in tackles.
In his Sophomore year, Micah had even more success, this time with 109 tackles, 5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. In the 2019 Cotton Bowl against Memphis, Parsons won defensive MVP after racking up 14 tackles, 2 sacks, and two forced fumbles. For a guy who just finished his Sophomore year, things were looking great for Parsons. That is until 2020 came.
The year of disasters made Parsons skip his 2020 junior year with Penn State and instead got ready to go into the 2021 NFL Draft. This was a huge risk, usually, you don't see players entering the NFL Draft until their junior or senior year is over. Parsons however was confident that he has shown enough to get drafted.
His confidence would pay off, as he was selected 12th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. This was crazy, everyone knew Parsons was good but good enough for an early first-round? Perhaps the Cowboys just knew that there was a blazing firepower inside of this player from Penn State.
After signing a 4-year contract for 17 million dollars, Parsons got to work. The Cowboys decided to switch him from defensive end and linebacker throughout the season as he was an “all over” player. During his first season in the NFL, Parsons had one of the best rookie seasons of any defender.
A total of 84 tackles, 13 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. Not to mention the uncountable amount of QB hurries he created. Last season he just missed his chance to snag defensive player of the year, however, this season, he's back and is hungry for more.
At the moment, Parsons is in the lead for defensive player of the year. He has made it his goal for this season to accomplish this task and take home the honor of being one of the best defenders of all time.
Fun Fact: Micah Parsons also loves chess and has competed in tournaments both online and in person. He has been asked why he likes chess with his answer being how it helps him strategize when he's on the football field.