Rather, it was the sudden release of fellow linebacker Jaylon Smith on Tuesday night that provided Parsons with insight into just how blunt business can be at the professional level. Smith has since signed with the Green Bay Packers, but
“People have been looking for my, ‘Welcome to the NFL moment,’” Parsons said Wednesday afternoon, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “I think last night pretty much summed it up.”
Cowboys rookie LB Micah Parsons on LB Jaylon Smith’s release: “People have been looking for my ‘Welcome to the NFL moment.’ I think last night pretty much summed it up. …I just think he's just a great person beyond football.” pic.twitter.com/GiPhZi9oOL
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 6, 2021
While Smith saw his role diminish in Dallas this season, Parsons is only getting more put on his plate as he continues to impress in his rookie campaign. Through four games, the No. 12 overall pick has 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks while playing as a linebacker and defensive end.
“(Parsons has) got that Michael Irvin intensity. He has that Randy White, and I wasn’t around Randy a lot in his playing, but boy, he’s legendary, and the stories of how he approached it and just how business he was about it,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently.
Parsons’ next opportunity will come this Sunday against the New York Giants–the team that reportedly told Parsons they wanted him to fall to them, but ultimately traded out of their pick rather than select the former Penn State star.