Penn State football star Micah Parsons, one of the top players in all of college football, has decided to opt-out of the coronavirus pandemic-altered 2020 season to focus on the 2021 NFL Draft where he is a projected top five.
After speculation about whether he would suit up for the Nittany Lions or choose to opt-out, he announced his decision in a video on social media.
“I’d like to begin by saying thank you,” Parsons said. “You’ve given me an opportunity of a lifetime to achieve my dreams and aspirations. I have made connections with my teammates that will last a lifetime. For that, I will forever be grateful.
“Nittany Nation took a chance and welcomed a kid from Harrisburg with open arms, stood by me and supported me. Without Coach (James) Franklin and Coach (Brent) Pry, as well as the entire Penn State coaching staff, I would not be where I am today. You all allowed me to grow into the young man I have always wanted to be. Before arriving on campus, I was only a kid from Harrisburg with a dream. My dream was to receive a degree from a prestigious institution and prepare for the opportunity to play at the highest level — the NFL. My opportunity has finally arrived.”
Parsons was the 2019 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and will finish his college career as the 2019 Cotton Bowl MVP in his final game at Penn State.
Now, he will look to continue his success in the pros.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 4.85 million confirmed cases and 159,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.