After a couple of days of speculation, now-former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons confirmed that he would be opting out of playing the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns and the safety of his family, especially his son. Parsons, whose last game was a dominant performance in a Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis, will go down as one of the best linebackers in Penn State history and might just have solidified himself as the most dominant defensive player in school history had the current pandemic not force his hand towards the NFL.
Two of the men who helped with Parsons' development to get him to the verge of becoming a top-five selection in the NFL Draft next spring, Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry and head coach James Franklin, sang nothing but praises about the Harrisburg native now that his time in Happy Valley as a student-athlete has come to an end.
And from Franklin (via Twitter):
I am unbelievably proud of Micah and appreciative of how he has represented our football program, this university and the state of Pennsylvania. His work ethic enabled him to become a consensus All-American in 2019, the first sophomore to be the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year last fall and to be considered on the top, returning defensive players in the country this season. What's more impressive than his work ethic on the field is his work ethic in the classroom. He is on track to graduate in December and was also on pace to become an Academic All-Big Ten selection this fall. My job as the head coach of Penn State is to help everybody in our organization achieve their dreams and Micah is a great example. Micah and I have had many conversations about his NFL aspirations throughout the recruiting process and his time at Penn State. He is now ready to pursue those opportunities. I fully support Micah, his decision to opt out of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Again, I couldn't be more proud of him and I am excited to see him play on Sundays in 2021.
We at Roar Lions Roar are in full agreement with Coaches Pry and Franklin. Go get paid, Micah, and Go State.