Former NFL linebacker Dan Morgan is in the middle of a strange controversy in Coral Springs, Florida, where the mayor wants to honor Morgan with the key to the city, while others city officials are opposed.
Mayor Scott Brook notes that Morgan was a high school football star in Coral Springs, an All-American with the Miami Hurricanes and a Pro Bowler with the Carolina Panthers, and he wants the city to give Morgan the honor in recognition of all he achieved.
“He has made most of his connections in Coral Springs,” Brook said. “His accomplishments are outstanding. Presenting someone with the key to the city shines the light on Coral Springs.”
But City Commissioner Ted Mena is one of several city officials who think the key to the city is something truly special, and giving it to Morgan might dilute the honor.
“Maybe we can give him a special plaque,” Mena said. “I don’t want to give the key to [just] any person.”
Unless Mena is under the impression that the key to the city actually opens every door in every city building or something, I fail to see what the fuss is all about. Morgan had a successful football career, and playing high school ball in Coral Springs paved the way for that. What’s the harm in giving him the key to the city?