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Micah Parsons fires shot at his critics

The Cowboys defensive star shuts down his doubters!

Michael W.

The Dallas Cowboys did face another frustrating early exit from the postseason, seeing their campaign end earlier this year at the hands of the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. And one player who faced some notable criticism is defensive star Micah Parsons.

However, if you think that he's bothered by the criticism, think again. In fact, he welcomes the criticism because it means he must force himself to perform at a higher level. 

“The criticism is a privilege because sometimes a great standard is not good enough for those who are greater,” Parsons said at a youth football camp on Friday, via Sophia Vesely of the Dallas Morning News. “When people want things, you have to answer the call. It is not a negative thing. It is the most positive thing people can say to me because it pushes me and challenges me to be better. . . . It is a great privilege for someone to say, ‘Hey, you are great, but you can be greater.’”

“I have been doing a lot of muscle endurance,” he said. “I have been doing a lot of lunges and a lot of squats. My legs are going to keep going.”

Meanwhile, Parsons has been in constant contact with the new defensive staff led by defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and has praised the open line of communication and clear direction. 

“[The defensive team] has been very open and transparent with me about what they want and how they want their defense to be run and how he wants me to line up,” Parsons said. “It is great.”

It will be among the more intriguing storylines in the near future, as Parsons is in need of a new contract beyond 2024 along with quarterback Dak Prescott. Additionally, CeeDee Lamb is holding out in hopes of landing a more lucrative contract. 

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Source: NBC Sports