Parrish presented with another honor

Tony Parrish stretched his right arm above his head in the 49ers locker room and broke out with a smile. "This is the best I've felt in weeks," the starting safety said. Parrish has plenty of reasons to be feeling well. His injured right elbow continues to improve, and he picked up his second league-wide honor in the span of a few days when he was name NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Parrish, playing last Sunday with torn ligaments in a dislocated elbow that required a heavy brace, shrugged off the injury and the cumbersome protective device to record two pivotal interceptions and also bat away two passes to lead San Francisco's defensive charge in the Niners' 31-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

"I just wanted to be out there with my teammates," Parrish said. "I wanted to play, no matter how the elbow felt. I just went out and did my job and was able to capitalize on a couple of opportunities."

Parrish became the fourth San Francisco defender this season to win the NFC's weekly honor. Earlier this week, it was announced that Parrish had won San Francisco's Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to those NFL players who exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

"The recognition is great," Parrish said. "Who doesn't want to be recognized for the work they're doing? It's one of those things where I go ahead and add another notch to my belt and get ready for the next one."

Parrish leads the 49ers and ranks third in the NFC with five interceptions. He also leads the team with two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed. He's fourth with 61 tackles.

But Parrish says it's not the numbers he's compiling or the honors that are coming his way that are making his arm feel better.

"Nah," Parrish said. "A whole lot of treatment is what makes the arm feel better. The win itself is what makes the arm better."

Parrish joins Jamie Winborn, Ronnie Heard and Julian Peterson as 49er defenders who have been named the NFC's top weekly defensive player this season.


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