Dallas Cowboys linebacker sensation Micah Parsons, the odds-on favorite to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, isn’t conceding the race for NFL Defensive Player of the Year just yet.

With 21.5 sacks, one away from tying Michael Strahan’s all-time single season sack record of 22.5, T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the overwhelming favorite.

But as far as overall impact on the game and his team, Parsons is taking a back seat to no one.

Picked 12th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, Parsons has played all over the field as a linebacker, defensive end and inside pass rusher. He has led the transformation of a defense that went from one of the worst in franchise history in 2020 into one that is leading the NFL in turnovers and ranks seventh in points allowed, helping the Cowboys (11-5) win the NFC East title.