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Micah Parsons wins Defensive Rookie of the Year, makes Cowboys history

Micah Parsons wins Defensive Rookie of the Year, makes Cowboys history

  • Cowboys
Feb 11
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Micah Parsons was named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year on Thursday night.

Parsons is a 2021 All-Pro selection and the first rookie for the Cowboys to receive the NFL Honor. Parsons admitted that he is still hungry for more and winning the honor made him excited for the future.

“It’s an honor, and I hope T.J. and the rest of the league knows that I’m still hungry,” Parsons said. “Ya know what I mean? I’m coming for it next year. It would have been nice to win this year, but I guess it leaves something for me to go for next year. I’m excited to go for it.”

Parsons had an outstanding season as a rookie in the sport after the Cowboys picked him up in 2021. Parsons had 84 tackles, 13 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, 20 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles in 16 games.

As a rookie, Parsons had the third most sacks in NFL history (since sacks were made a statistical category in 1982). He is one of just 12 players to finish his rookie campaign with both 13 sacks and 80 tackles.

These record-breaking results placed him in front of some of the team’s greatest players of the past. Parsons’ 13 sacks were the most since Aldon Smith in 2011, and his 20 tackles for a loss was the most by a rookie since Lavonte David in 2012.

Additionally, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was also named the AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year, adding to the Cowboys’ accomplishments.

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