Micah Parsons eyeing NFL sacks record

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Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons had one of the best rookie seasons in history for a defensive player. He won defensive rookie of the year unanimously, made All-Pro and finished second in defensive player of the year voting after 13 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and 30 quarterback hits in 16 starts.

COVID-19 in Week 18 prevented Parsons from getting a chance to break the rookie sacks record of 14.5 set by Titans edge rusher Jevon Kearse in 1999.

Parsons, who earlier this offseason informed DeMarcus Lawrence the defensive end wasn’t getting the team sacks lead back, is eyeing even more sacks in 2022.

“Yeah, 15’s like the minimum. Fifteen is what I want to hit,” Parsons told Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports. “But definitely 23 is that goal, to break the record.”

Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt tied Michael Strahan’s single-season record last season with 22.5 sacks. Watt won defensive player of the year over Parsons.

Parsons faces even higher expectations in 2022.

“I just take the blessings that God gave me,” he said. “I don’t feel like I need to reach anyone’s expectations but my own. If I can live with it, I can deal with it. I’m going to just go out there and play my game. I don’t want to go out there and chase no one’s story. I’ve just got to do my thing, and that’s what got me here, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

Parsons revealed this offseason that he played 2021 with a knee injury. He downplayed his health all season but finally admitted he hyperextended his knee in a joint training camp practice against the Rams on Aug. 7.

So, this season, he hopes full health and a year of experience will help him accomplish even more in his second season.

11 responses to “Micah Parsons eyeing NFL sacks record

  1. How about you eye some wins? That’s the problem with the Cowboys it’s all about themselves not the team.

  2. Good to see a youngster want to reach high. Now about those double teams….

    Good kid.

  3. Spoiler alert… every OC in the league has tape on you now. Good luck going forward but I think it’s going to be harder.

  4. After one great season he’s becoming annoying. Many players don’t live up to the standards of rookie season. I’d like to see him do it again. He tailed off towards the end of last season.

  5. Strahans record should be erased from the history books since it’s been acknowledged that it wasn’t a legitimate sack. The entire play was scripted therefore Strahan is a cheater

  6. I just read a similar article where Justin Jefferson “eyes Hall of Fame”. This is the problem with most of today’s players. They’re all concerned more with individual goals. I’m a Micah Parson’s fan going back to his Penn State days, but really? Your team has won 4 playoff games in the past 20 years and you’re talking about sack records?

  7. It’s pretty funny seeing all the hate. This is the same kid that put his goals out there before last season and they clowned him then too, but guess what he got it done. So me I’m a believer, so Micah keep doing your thing, put it out there and then go manifest it. Those sacks can only add to winning so I’m all for it. I’m eying Micah eying the record. LFG!

  8. How about doing whatever it takes to make your team win not individual records. Sounds like he’s already all about “me” in his second season.

  9. He’s doing a lot of bragging this off season. Must be trying to get traded to the Eagles.

  10. People forget he sat out 2020 for Covid, came in and was a beast from day 1, sure teams can gameplan him and that in itself tells you the respect opposing coaches already have for him, I don’t know about the sack record but I do know with little doubt that he is one of the emerging defensive players in the league and people that know football know trhis too

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