At least two fan-bases were mighty upset when Myles Garrett was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday night, and the Dallas Cowboys' was one of them.
Many in Dallas (and across the country) thought Micah Parsons deserved to win the award after having yet another stellar season, and Garrett's win stung.
Parsons himself was quick to weigh in on the award however, and he went beyond the usual graceful response. He was adamant that there was no snub.
Cowboys News: Micah Parsons Responds to Myles Garrett's DPoY Win
Micah Parsons heaped a ton of praise on Garrett for winning the award. And this wasn't just the usual player-speak where a guy says something generic like "Myles is a great player, I'm really happy for him. I'm going to come out next season and play even harder."
Parsons called it the "reality of the situation" that Garrett was the better player, going as far as to call it a "horrible take" to say that Garrett was snubbed.
Whether you agree with Parsons or not, you have to give him a lot of credit here. First of all, he probably knows defense better than you and me. I'm inclined to defer to his expertise.
Second, this is all class. And it's a wild contrast to how T.J. Watt responded to not winning the award:
Game recognizes game, and Parsons and Garrett are the best of the best when it comes to NFL defenders.
Would it be nice if Parsons had a DPoY after being in the conversation every year? Of course. But he's still just 24 years old. He's going to win at least one, and probably more throughout his career. The award doesn't change anything about how good he is, and saying Garrett deserved it doesn't take anything away from Micah's greatness.
Cowboys fans should be proud that their star handled losing the award in such a humble and genuine way.
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