Dallas Cowboys defensive end Micah Parsons set the highest possible goals for his rookie season as he wanted to lead his team to a Super Bowl win. The Cowboys made the playoffs but suffered a loss at AT&T Stadium in the wild card round to the San Francisco 49ers.
"I wanted to complete the year healthy and help the Cowboys to the playoffs. I wanted to help take the Cowboys to the Super Bowl and become a leader on the team. I accomplished almost all of them," Parsons told Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports.
Parsons reveals it was just Week 2 when he realized he could be a dominant force in the league. "There were a couple defining moments for me," Parsons said. "The first moment was in camp. I was pass rushing and going through some team drills against the best of the best.
I think we have the best offense in the NFL. I thought I was doing well hanging (with those players), learning and developing, doing very well. I was like, 'Okay, I can play at this level.' "There was a moment early in the year when I got my first sack and we won our first game (against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2).
And midway through the year I said, 'Man I'm here for a reason. Let me just be me. No more thinking, just play.' "
Parsons on what the Cowboys need to improve
The Cowboys have a talented roster and Parsons thinks improving a few areas will make them a legitimate title contender.
"We have to clean up the details and we have to be way more disciplined. We can't beat ourselves. That was our first year together in that system and there's a lot of time for us to grow and get better from it," Parsons noted.
Parsons is currently in Los Angeles with Pizza Hut. "So Pizza Hut just dropped the new Spicy Lovers Pizza and I'm inspiring people to try it out. I ate pizza my whole life and am just a pizza and wings guy. From the time I was about 5 or 6, I loved pizza.
I'm a meat lovers guy and they never had a spicy meat lovers pizza, so I knew this was for me," Parsons revealed. "I usually put flakes on my pizza anyway, but now you have peppers on it. It gives the pizza a nice kick. Add those flakes and you're set."