As a sign of respect and recognition by their peers, NFL players have been known to swap jerseys with each other in the post-game chaos. There has been no shortage of Penn State Jersey Exchange this year, which is not surprising given the amount Nittany Lions in the NFL now.
After this weekend’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington football team, two parents of Penn State alumni decided to have some fun. Deborah Toney-Moore, mother of Washington defensive end Shaka Toney, and Terrence Parsons, father of Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons, organized their own jersey swap in the stands.
Both players made an impact on their squads as the Cowboys fought off a late opposing return to beat Washington 27-20 in the NFC East game.
Toney made his first NFL start this weekend after four Washington defensive ends ended up on the injured list or COVID-19 list. Upon entering the game, the seventh round draft pick had only played 33 individual shots during the season.
This time around, 61% of Washington’s defensive shots included Toney, who made the most of his opportunity. Throughout the game, Toney recorded an early career-high four tackles and landed a hit against Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Parsons continued his streak of dominating performances against Washington’s battered offensive. The “LBU” product recorded three tackles, two more sacks and a forced fumble. He almost added an interception to his season stats when he narrowly dropped a deflected pass.
Apparently having the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year locked up at this point, Parsons is now talking about him for the NFL Defensive Player of the year for legitimate league votes. If he did, he would become the first in league history to achieve it as a rookie since legend Lawrence Taylor.
The two rookies (and their parents) will meet at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on December 26.