Rising Champion Micah Parsons

Since being drafted to the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, in round one, Micah Parsons has proven his worth to the team and laid the foundation for an excellent career in the NFL.

Great achievements aren’t without their challenges though, and Parsons has had a few to overcome. The difference between him and those who don’t make it may well come down to his attitude – about winning, losing, and keeping his focus on what he needs to do in the moment and for the future.

That’s a theme, when Parsons hits a potential roadblock. He acknowledges when he could have done better, and then presses forward to get there. That’s helped him mature both as a person and as a player. The results, in fact, are undeniable.

High School to College

Parsons was a key player for Harrisburg High School, helping them achieve a championship while he was there, and catching the attention of Penn State College football scouts. His performance there is noteworthy too.

At Penn State, he started 12 out of 13 games, accumulating 109 tackles (14 for loss), five sacks, 26 quarterback hurries, five deflected passes, and four forced fumbles. He won the Butkus–Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award, a consensus All-American title, and the 2019 Cotton Bowl Classic defensive MVP.

Heading for Greatness

Parsons is not only one of the top college recruits in the country, but he’s also achieved some great personal goals. He plays for his favorite team – a Cowboys fan with his dad since childhood – and even bought a house for his mom with his first pro contract. We’re sure both parents are very proud.

After opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, he went pro with a four-year rookie contract worth $17 million, a first-round draft pick to the Cowboys. He shifted back to his high school position of defensive end for his rookie year, covering for an injured teammate.

He excelled as a pass rusher, finishing his first season with 84 total tackles, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was selected for the Pro Bowl, first-team All-Pro honors, and the unanimous Defensive Rookie of the Year title.

He maintained this level throughout the 2022 season as well, with 13.5 sacks, 65 total tackles, three passes defended, and three forced fumbles. He was also awarded the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 2.

He continues to improve and achieve on the field and off.

The Attitude of a Winner

Parsons expresses a powerful blend of ownership and positivity in his attitude. After a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he remarked “I think we just beat ourselves. We put ourselves behind the eight ball a couple times. It wasn’t championship football… The outcome was definitely shocking. It definitely hurts. I take full ownership.”​

Likewise, when asked if the San Francisco 49ers were a superior team, after suffering a loss to them, he responded with “I don’t think [the 49ers] are at a higher level than us. I think we’re the same caliber playoff team. Same talent. Same standards. I just feel like we need to reconsider… and fix some things. The score doesn’t really show what happened out there.”

And sometimes that’s the case. Sometimes we make errors, miss a goal, or luck just isn’t with us that day. We have to dust it off and try again… and that’s what Parsons does.

He has grown to become a supporter of rookie players, acknowledging the difficulty in adjusting to the NFL and saying how they need to support rookies more. The transition from college ball to the national league is a big, big step. In remembering how Tom Brady “destroyed” him on opening night, Parsons says “You just gotta learn and stay positive! Never make the same mistakes twice!”

When asked about what he, Micah Parsons, needs to do, he responded with “Micah just has to put his head down and just work, forget last year. I’m just really focused on this year and what I’m going to do. I’m not going to think about what I did before. I’m just thinking about how I can be dominant this year.”

That sounds like the attitude of a winner to us.

Parsons at the Hidden Gym

Parsons takes advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities and coaches at Hidden Gym, including a high-powered boxer training regimen, with TMack Elite Training, that keeps up his discipline and explosive power on the field. At Hidden Gym, we’re about knowing that none of us has reached perfection, that none of us will – but that doesn’t stop us from pushing ourselves toward perfection, to be our own best, to reach the goals that we might have thought impossible.

Micah Parsons is a great addition to the Hidden Gym family, and we’re proud to have him training with us and adding to the winning attitude we foster here.

Overall, Parsons’ NFL career stats as of 2023 include 194 total tackles, 40.5 sacks, 8 pass defenses, 7 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 1 touchdown. His rapid rise in the NFL is hopefully just the beginning for him, and we plan to be here, supporting and assisting his training goals, professional and personal achievements, and benefitting from his champion’s attitude.

As he himself says, “Be phenomenal or be forgotten.” Let’s be phenomenal together.

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