Micah Parsons Reacts to Teammate's Retirement

March 21, 2024

Athlete Studio

Dallas Cowboys standout Micah Parsons has shared his sentiments following the announcement of linebacker Leighton Vander Esch's retirement at the age of 28 due to ongoing injury issues.

Expressing gratitude for Vander Esch's contributions to the team, Parsons took to social media, stating, "Cowboys Nation should be grateful he represented the Star! Ima miss his passion and drive on the field!! Thank you.''

Vander Esch's retirement has elicited an outpouring of support from teammates and fans alike, with many acknowledging his dedication and commitment to the game. In a heartfelt farewell message, Vander Esch addressed his teammates, past and present, expressing his appreciation for their camaraderie and the bonds formed on the field.

"To my exceptional teammates, former and current, I owe you everything,'' Vander Esch wrote. "I look forward to addressing you formally and privately later, but please know that I love and respect all of you, and not having the opportunity to be around you is what will hurt most of all.''

Reflecting on his time in the NFL, Vander Esch emphasized the importance of the friendships forged and the unwavering support shared among teammates. He also expressed gratitude to the Dallas fans for their dedication and passion.

Throughout his career, Vander Esch's resilience and determination to overcome his medical challenges served as an inspiration to his teammates, including Parsons, who acknowledged Vander Esch's invaluable presence on the team.

"I don’t think people realize how much y'all are going to miss Leighton!!'' Parsons wrote. "I mean one of the hardest, most devoted, loving, authentic teammates you could ever have!!''

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