The Dallas Cowboys have one of the NFL’s brightest stars in All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons. Current and former players have marveled over his diverse skill set since being drafted last April, and he’s even being compared to all-time greats, in particular, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
Former Cowboys’ head coach and Class of 2021 Hall of Fame inductee, Jimmy Johnson, who is known for having an eye for talent going back to his days with the Miami Hurricanes, spoke about the comparison on Thursday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. Johnson’s comment was certainly an atomic bomb.
“I watch him every week,” said Johnson. “I know my buddy Bill Belichick is gonna get mad at me, but (Parsons) may be the best player I’ve seen. Of course, Bill is gonna say Lawrence Taylor. But Micah Parsons amazes me. He’s a special individual.”
Whew, set it off, Jimmy.
That’s an extremely bold statement for Johnson to make. Not because Parsons isn’t worthy, per se, but Lawrence is regarded by many to be not only the best defensive player in NFL history but arguably the greatest player of all time.
Dallas traveled to play Lawrence’s old team in Week 3 in an early-season NFC East showdown. Lawrence was asked that night about how well Parsons has looked on the professional level. He was complimentary but also sent a little message.
“He’s playing pretty well. Let’s see if he can keep it up for dag-on 13 years,” said Lawrence.
No one should have been surprised by Lawrence’s answer. I mean, he like other iconic players, has seen so many guys start fast and then fade into the NFL sunset. However, after the Cowboys’ win over the Giants, Lawrence acknowledged Parsons and his greatness.
Johnson has good reason to be so infatuated with Parsons. Last season, Parsons racked up 13 sacks and was named a first-team All-Pro, and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. In 2022, Parsons is up to his old tricks again with eight sacks in eight games (four games with multiple sacks) as well as 22 hurries and 39 pressures.
Much like his inaugural campaign, Parsons is spreading his ability across the field in 2022. He has 347 snaps as a pass rusher and 105 at linebacker, with three at cornerback sprinkled on top.
Micah Parsons' NFL records:— Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) November 7, 2022
– Only unanimous NFL DROY
– Rookie QBH (30)
– SK (17) in 1st 18 career GPpic.twitter.com/TZvxd2R0Ns
Around this time a season ago, when it was obvious that Parsons was going to receive DROY honors, the Lawrence comparison gained a lot of steam, but Parsons mentioned that it was a little premature.
“I still have a long way to go,” said Parsons last December. “He had 142 (sacks). I have 130 more sacks to go before we can start saying that was L.T. So let’s just chill and keep enjoying the work I got to keep putting in to get there.”
We are Parsons, that’s for sure.
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