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Former Penn State LB Micah Parsons Named First-Team All-Pro in Rookie Season

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In just his first NFL season, Micah Parsons has established himself as one of the league’s best defensive players.

With 13 sacks, 84 tackles and three forced fumbles, Parsons contributions have drastically improved the Dallas Cowboys defense, helping the team make it the playoffs after a two-year layoff.

Parsons’s efforts have earned him first-team All-Pro honors, it was announced Friday.

Pro Football Focus has Parsons as the highest-rated linebacker in the NFL with a 88.5 overall grade. Parsons also has the highest pass-rushing grade at 93, which is nearly 17 points ahead of the next closest linebacker— New England’s Jamie Collins.

Parsons is the odds-on favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. For right now, however, his focus is on the San Francisco 49ers, who the Cowboys host Sunday at 4:30 in the wildcard round.

Parsons was only at Penn State for two seasons, but he made his mark on Happy Valley, becoming a consensus All-American in 2019. He opted out of the 2020 COVID-centered season to focus on the NFL Draft.

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