Cowboys Star Micah Parsons Details What He Told Trevon Diggs Before NFL Playoff Debut: ‘This Is Where Legends Are Made’

The Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to silence all of their doubters once and for all. The team is playing its first playoff game since 2018. Mike McCarthy’s squad doesn’t possess much postseason experience. It will rely on young players to lead the way, including Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs. The rookie linebacker had a special conversation with Diggs before the wild-card game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs talk all the time

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons in action; Cornerback Trevon Diggs celebrates an interception
Micah Parsons lines up against the New York Giants | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Trevon Diggs of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after interception against the New Orleans Saints | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys don’t need any extra motivation as they enter the NFL playoffs. This team is much different than the 2020 squad. The current Cowboys pride themselves on being a hungry bunch.

Micah Parsons is excited about his first career playoff game. The rookie sensation has developed a tight bond with second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs. The two shared a special conversation ahead of their playoff debut.

Parsons recently joined former NFL players Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor, and Channing Crowder on The Pivot Podcast. The first-year linebacker detailed what he told about the opportunity before them.

“It’s important to me,” Parsons said. “I texted Tre [Diggs] right after that Eagles game. I said, ‘Bro, we just became stars. That’s cool. But now we become legends. This is where legends are made. Bro, we gotta put our all into this.”

Micah Parsons knows how important it is to deliver a Super Bowl. He argued people knock LeBron James because he doesn’t have as many championship rings as Michael Jordan. The rookie says he and Diggs talk all the time about winning a Super Bowl.

The two defensive stars will have every opportunity to make that a reality moving forward.

The young stars have transformed the Cowboys’ defense

The Cowboys’ defense has drastically improved since the 2020 season. Dallas finished that season with one of the worst defenses in the NFL. No team feared playing against them.

Fast forward to 2021, and it’s like night and day. Dallas fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and replaced him with former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

Under Quinn, the Cowboys have become more formidable on the defensive side of the ball. They finished the 2021 regular season as a top-10 defense, allowing just 21 points and 351 yards per game to opposing offenses.

Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs have played massive roles in the surprising turnaround.

Diggs led the NFL with 11 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. The Alabama product also recorded 21 pass defenses, second among all players. Diggs has given up some big plays through the air, which is concerning. Still, he’s proving he can be one of the most dangerous ball hawks in the league.

Parsons has done it all for the Cowboys. The off-ball linebacker has lined up at defensive end on several occasions. Not only does he fly sideline to sideline, but he also thrives at rushing the passer. The former Penn State standout recorded 13 sacks and 30 quarterback hits on the year. His versatility allows him to cover wide receivers at times, too.

With two young go-getters in the fold, the sky is the limit for Dallas’ defense.

How Parsons and Diggs can lead Dallas to deep playoff run

After a 12-5 finish in the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys head into the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the NFC. Year after year, the team’s preseason expectations are high, which often leads to disappointment. However, it seems like the Cowboys actually have a chance to live up to the hype in 2021.

Dallas boasts the league’s most prolific offense, scoring 31.1 points per game. Putting up points at such a high clip takes a lot of pressure off the defense. Still, Dan Quinn’s unit has more than held its own throughout the season.

The Cowboys will host the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round, which will present a challenge for the NFL’s seventh-ranked defense. The Niners’ offense features some big-time weapons in Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Elijah Mitchell.

Stopping Kyle Shanahan’s offense won’t be an easy task with so much firepower on the field. Dallas needs Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs to continue playing opportunistic defense.

Parsons creating havoc in the backfield can make Diggs’ job easier on the back end. In tandem, these two can cause serious problems for Jimmy Garoppolo if he doesn’t protect the football.

The Cowboys’ offense can score with anybody. The defense must continue holding up its end of the bargain.

If Parsons and Diggs help lead this team to a Super Bowl, they’ll become legends just like they discussed.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

RELATED: Hall of Famer Michael Irvin Is Scared for Cowboys’ Chances Against the 49ers in Wild Card Round: ‘The Worst Draw’