Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons weighs 245 pounds. San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey weighs 310. Basic physics suggests the larger man would have the advantage in a one-on-one matchup in the trenches.
Basic physics, however, would fail to account for Parsons’ explosiveness and ability to create leverage. That’s how, even after getting chipped by George Kittle on an edge rush, the All-Pro defender was able to close the distance on his target, get underneath the lineman’s center of gravity and, with one arm, execute a simple hip toss (or, in football terms, hump move) that sent McGlinchey flying before crashing into Brock Purdy to force an incompletion in Sunday’s playoff game.
sending a 310-pound man airborne with one arm my god pic.twitter.com/B1ItzoR8Is
— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 23, 2023
It was a stunning display of speed and power from a player who has spent his two seasons in the league making these highlights a regular occurrence. Parsons has 26.5 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in two years as a Cowboy, earning first-team All-Pro honors each season. But even this seemed excessive from a player who makes the exceptional look ordinary.
And that’s how you get fans to notice a QB hurry — not a sack, not an interception — to the point where you become a trending topic online.
Mike McGlinchey, 6’8” 310 lbs..
Meet Micah Parsons. 💀 pic.twitter.com/UX1jEJf3ID
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) January 23, 2023
'Yep, I am flying through the air. This is not good' pic.twitter.com/9MPaPABgT1
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 23, 2023
— Brain Phillips (@HatinAssBrian) January 23, 2023
Parsons absolutely tossing the 6’8 Mike McGlinchey
— Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) January 23, 2023
He hip tossed him like Ricky Steamboat
— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) January 23, 2023
Micah Parsons casually throwing a 300lb lineman out of the club pic.twitter.com/3nhTTPPOKb
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 23, 2023
Micah Parsons had him horizontal 😂 pic.twitter.com/w0dnCZSU3d
— PFF (@PFF) January 23, 2023
Micah Parsons tossed OL Mike McGlinchey like it was nothing 😳 pic.twitter.com/yiuGttuvCF
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 23, 2023
Micah Parsons doing Micah Parsons things pic.twitter.com/IyKX6x3mSB
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 23, 2023
Parsons just wrecked McGlinchey lol
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 23, 2023
Micah Parsons looking like Reggie White 💪@MicahhParsons11
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— NFL (@NFL) January 23, 2023
Lol Micah Parsons just isn't human pic.twitter.com/O7IZFBLK0t
— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) January 23, 2023