Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons is already a fan favorite but he’ll pick up even more cred thanks to his answer about playing the “bully ball” 49ers.
The Cowboys will be tested on Sunday when they face the 49ers in the NFC Wild Card game.
San Francisco has had to scrap their way to the postseason by leaning into a “bully ball” mentality, which means being physical on both sides of the ball at all times.
Ahead of the matchup, Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons was asked about facing a team that has embraced that kind of mindset. He seemed entirely unfazed.
Cowboys LB Micah Parsons prepares to bully the bully when facing the 49ers
“I’m from Harrisburg where the bullies get bullied,” Parsons said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. “At some point, it’s gonna take someone to stand up and fight. I never backed down from a challenge. I would never say you can bully a lion. Ever.”
He added more fuel to the fire with additional comments on facing this physical 49ers squad.
“I don’t think nobody’s gonna hand their equipment in and say, ‘hey, we can’t beat the 49ers, let’s go home.’ Nah. We’re gonna knuckle up and focus in on the details,” Parsons said, per Bobby Belt of 1053 The Fan.
This will be Parsons’ first taste of playoff football but he’s certainly brought a lion’s mentality to his debut season in the NFL. In 16 starts, the rookie had 84 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He’s one of the favorites for the NFL Rookie of the Year Award.
He’s been backing up his talk all year. This will be the biggest stage for him to make his mark so far.