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Dallas Cowboys’ Micah Parsons receives key to Harrisburg, again

Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams presented Micah Parsons with the key to the city.

Almost a year ago, Micah Parsons received a key to the city of Harrisburg, soon after he was drafted into the NFL as a first-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys.

On Tuesday, he was awarded a second key. According to Parsons, he misplaced the first.

In front of a small audience at city hall, Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams recognized Parsons, a Harrisburg native, for his achievements.

“Here is a man who is making the city of Harrisburg proud,” Williams said. “He’s a role model for young Harrisburg Cougars in the city.”

Parsons grew up in Uptown Harrisburg, attended Harrisburg High School and later played football for Penn State University. In 2021, he was unanimously named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.

He was awarded his first key to the city in May 2021 by former mayor Eric Papenfuse at a meet-and-greet event at H*MAC in Midtown.

“I was pretty upset when my first key went missing,” Parsons joked. “To some, it’s just a key, but to me, it means everything because of how much Harrisburg means to me. I hope I can be that person people can look up to.”

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