That’s because when he played football as a child and as a teenager, Parsons actually played running back — and he made it look easy.
Several video clips of Parsons dominating at running back long before his college career were shared in the NFL Films’ “A Football Life Origins” episode. Just look at how unfairly dominant he was in the backfield:
But of course, Parsons wound up playing linebacker/edge rusher when he made the move to college at Penn State. As Parsons pointed out in “A Football Life Origins”, the position switch did wonders for him.
Dallas drafted Parsons 12th overall in 2021, and he has quickly emerged as one of the NFL’s elite defensive players. Through his first two seasons, Parsons has 26.5 sacks, six pass defenses, as many forced fumbles and a trio of fumble recoveries.
The Cowboys have been a top-10 scoring defense in each of the last two years, and Parsons’ arrival is certainly responsible for that success. Parsons finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season, behind only San Francisco 49ers’ star Nick Bosa.
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