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Former Penn State LB Parsons Named PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

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With just one NFL season under his belt, Micah Parsons has already established himself as one of the NFL’s best defensive players.

Parsons finished his rookie year with 13 sacks and 84 total tackles, helping the Dallas Cowboys back to the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

It’s only a matter of time before he’s officially named AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year,  and the Pro Football Writers of America beat the rush by naming the former Nittany Lion its Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Parsons, a former five-star recruit from Harrisburg, had a brief but memorable career at Penn State. In 2018 and 19, Parsons helped the Nittany Lions to a 20-6 overall record and a win in the 2020 Cotton Bowl over Memphis. Individually, Parsons was a first-team freshman all-American in 2018, a regular first-team all-American in 2019 and won the 2019 Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award.

With COVID-19 distrusting the 2020 season, Parsons decided to opt-out and focus on the 2021 NFL Draft, where Dallas selected him 12th overall.

The AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Award will be revealed Thursday, Feb. 10 at the NFL Honors show, three nights before Super Bowl Sunday.


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