In Arlington, Texas, the Cowboys’ standout linebacker Micah Parsons, a two-time First Team All-Pro, has been a top contender for the 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year title throughout the season. Despite this, he graciously acknowledged that he’d be content if his teammate DaRon Bland clinched the award. Why? Because witnessing unprecedented excellence means more to him.
Parsons elaborated on this sentiment, expressing admiration for the outstanding performances within the team. He emphasized the significance of witnessing historical feats, particularly Bland’s setting of the NFL’s single-season pick-six record, as it surpasses personal aspirations. His awe for the remarkable achievements of his teammate took center stage: “I’m just taking it in. I always say, ‘I love greatness in any and every sport.’ So right now I’m amazed about DB, and I’m kind of in awe of DB right now.”
However, Parsons secured a place among the elite on Sunday during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. His sack in the second quarter marked his 12.5th of the 2023 season, establishing him as part of an exclusive club. He now stands alongside Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White as one of the only players to achieve over 12 sacks in each of his first three seasons, officially recorded since 1982. Notably, Parsons led the NFL with 78 quarterback pressures heading into Week 14, emphasizing his relentless pursuit of excellence.
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Reflecting on his approach, Parsons shared insights from his defensive line coach, Aden Durde, reminding him of his stature in the game. Parsons recounted, “‘I was like you right. He’s like, ‘you got to keep going, f–k all the other stuff.’ Stuff like that, I’m just like ‘yeah, you’re right. I just got to keep going. That’s kind of why I’ve been getting these late game sacks and just trying to survive in here and things like that. I’m going to keep hunting.”
Parsons’ focus remains steadfast on maintaining his performance standards, demonstrating resilience, and continuing his pursuit of excellence on the field.