The accolades he garnered back that up too, making a franchise first winning Defensive Rookie of the Year and becoming the first player in NFL history to receive all 50 possible votes for the award. The young Pro Bowler out of Penn State was all over the field during his rookie season, totaling 79 tackles (59 solo), 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles.
In a tweet, the Dallas Cowboys recognized Parsons’ accomplishments, “The Lion is…”:
- PFWA Rookie of the Year
- PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year
- NFC Defensive Player of the Week
- 2-time NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month
- 3-time Pepsi Zero Sugar Rookie of the Month
- 2021 Butkus Award
- AP NFL All-Pro First Team
- 2021 Pro Bowl
- Defensive Rookie of the Year
All of this along with being the NFL’s fastest man after winning the race at the 2022 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.