Zach Wilson, Micah Parsons, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys
Zach Wilson, Micah Parsons, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Getty Images

Micah Parsons defends New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson after his Sunday Night Football performance

The New York Jets may have come up short against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, but you won’t find many people blaming Zach Wilson for it. After all, Wilson played perhaps his best game as a pro, posting a 105.2 passer rating.

Despite that, former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison made some unprofessional comments about Wilson in NBC’s post-game. The former Patriot called Wilson ‘garbage’ and tried to prompt Chiefs’ DT Chris Jones into saying negative things about the Jets quarterback, too.

The Chiefs DT didn’t take the bait, and Harrison (rightfully) received severe backlash for his lack of professionalism. Since then, Harrison has apologized, but that hasn’t stopped a bevy of athletes from coming to the defense of the Jets quarterback. Count Dallas Cowboys EDGE Micah Parsons as one of those defenders.

Parsons tweeted about Harrison’s comments shortly after the game.

The Cowboys defender also addressed the issue on his podcast, The Edge.

“We can’t keep saying someone’s garbage, who’s special, who’s not special. Now, if you’re a really good football player—is Chris Jones a really good football player? Yes, Chris Jones is a really good football player. Is he a better player than Zach Wilson? Yes, but Chris has built himself upon that. We’re not giving that same courtesy to Zach Wilson. Let him grow. He’s continuing to get better each week.

To me, that’s a fraudulent move,” said Parsons in regards to Harrison’s comments towards the Jets quarterback. “Everyone deserves a chance to be better—even me … Zach Wilson is special in his own way. You can’t look at the tape and say he’s garbage. You can say he’s not a Mahomes-tier, yeah you can say that. But you can’t say that he’s a good quarterback. He’s a starting quarterback in the NFL.”

The Cowboys EDGE then offered a challenge to the former Patriots defensive back.

“Rodney, if you can show me you can [play quarterback in the NFL], then you do it if you’re so good,” challenged Parsons. [Wilson] was a top-five pick. He got drafted that high for a reason. Let his traits and everything he does grow.”

Parsons finished his impassioned rant by providing words of encouragement for the Jets quarterback, wishing well on Wilson and hoping that the signal-caller can reach his potential despite the naysayers.

“Zach if you’re out there, I hope you win,” Parsons said. “I really do. I hope you grow into the player that no one thinks you can grow into. There’s a lot of people that are hating on you. Hall of Famers, ex-pro players, which makes no sense. I get we all love the game of football. But Zach is a human being … We don’t use our platform to degrade other players … Everybody in this world just needs someone to believe in them.”

This isn’t the first time Parsons has given his support to the Jets quarterback. After the Jets’ 30-10 loss to Dallas in Week 2 that saw Wilson throw three interceptions, Parsons deflected criticism of the quarterback and instead offered support.

Time will tell if Zach Wilson will ever live up to the hype of a second-overall draft pick. But one thing is apparent: he has the right people in his corner going forward.

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Thomas Christopher
Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]
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