Micah Parsons is an American football linebacker and defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).
He attended Penn State, where he was named a consensus All-American, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, and the Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP as a sophomore in 2019, before being drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Cowboys.
Micah Parsons Biography
Micah Aaron Parsons was born on May 26, 1999 (at the age of 23) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He is Terrence Parsons’ son.
He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Central Dauphin High School before transferring to Harrisburg High School, where he started at defensive end and running back. He had 121 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, and 18.5 sacks as a freshman. He had 69 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks as a junior.
Parsons had 1,239 rushing yards, 27 rushing touchdowns (tied for ninth in the state), 99 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns as a senior. He had 55 tackles, 17.5 for loss, 102 sacks, and one interception in his career. Parsons also participated in varsity basketball.
He was a five-star recruit ranked fourth in his class by 247Sports.com and seventh by ESPN. Nebraska, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama, and Penn State were among the schools that recruited Parsons. On December 19, it was reported that Ohio State violated NCAA rules by allowing him on ESPN’s College GameDay set to pose for a photo with analyst Kirk Herbstreit.
It was a violation of NCAA rules because Herbstreit was a former Ohio State University quarterback, as recruits are not permitted to have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes. As a result, Ohio State agreed not to recruit Parsons any longer.
Penn State University offered Parsons a football scholarship after only four games of his freshman season, and he initially committed in the spring of 2016, before decommitting and recommitting on December 20, 2017. To expedite the enrollment process, he graduated from Harrisburg High School seven months early.
Micah Parsons Net Worth
Micah Parsons is a well-known American footballer. Micah Parsons net worth is estimated to be $4 million, according to the very popular American Football Player.
Micah Parsons College Career
Head coach James Franklin informed Micah Parsons after committing to Penn State that he would begin his Penn State career as a middle linebacker rather than the defensive end he had played in high school. Franklin also stated that despite being a true freshman, Parsons would be considered for the starting job.
Parsons only started one of the Nittany Lions 13 games as a freshman, but he led the team in tackles with 82, while also recording four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, ten quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles. As a freshman, he became the first Nittany Lion to lead the team in tackles.
Micah Parsons started as an outside linebacker against Rutgers University after junior linebacker Cam Brown was disciplined for a rules violation, recording 7 tackles (2 for loss) and a strip-sack. In the 2019 Citrus Bowl, he had 14 tackles (one for loss) and a strip-sack against the University of Kentucky. He was voted the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in second place, trailing wide receiver Rondale Moore.
Parsons was named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list prior to the start of his sophomore season. He appeared in 12 of 13 games as a middle linebacker, recording 109 tackles (14 for loss), five sacks, 26 quarterback hurries, five deflected passes, and four forced fumbles. Parsons went on to be named the Big Ten’s Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and a consensus All-American. Parsons was named the defensive MVP of the 2019 Cotton Bowl Classic after recording 14 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
He opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and declined his remaining years of college eligibility in order to be available for the NFL draught in 2021.
Micah Parsons Professional Career
Micah Parsons was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (12th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. On June 9, 2021, he signed a four-year, $17 million rookie contract. Dallas converted Parsons back to his high school position of defensive end in response to DeMarcus Lawrence breaking his foot in practise before week 2, where he saw immediate success, particularly as a pass rusher. Parsons earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 11 tackles, including four for loss, in a 20-16 victory over the Vikings in Week 8.
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