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March 14 is now "Saquon Barkley Day"

Proclaimed in Harrisburg Wednesday

COPLAY, Pa. - March 14 is officially Saquon Barkley Day.

"I'm proud to present to Saquon HR697," said Pennsylvania State Representative Jeanne McNeill.

McNeill declared the holiday in front of Barkley, his parents and other lawmakers inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol Wednesday.

The Coplay native graduated from Whitehall High School and then played running back for three years at Penn State University. He could now be the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

But the Saquon celebrations are far from over; the Chick-fil-A in Whitehall is honoring him next week on March 22.  Customers who say, "Saquon" will get a free chicken sandwich.

Owner John Velarde says Saquon Barkley Day is about honoring a true hometown hero.

"Not only for what he did on the field at Penn State and at Whitehall but also for the young man that he is, he's just an incredible man doing incredible things," said Velarde.

And Velarde says that incredible man loves Chick-fil-A.

"He is a huge Chick-fil- A fan, that's how he stays so strong," said Velarde.

And two days after Chick-fil-A honors Barkley, his hometown of Coply will do the same with a parade on March 24.

"It's not political, no politicians are in the parade, there's no fire trucks, no police, it's all people that had something to do with Saquon's journey and how he got to today," said parade organizer Steve Burker.

Burker is a borough councilman. He and another councilman, Charlie Sodl, are organizing the parade and say Barkley is more than just an outstanding athlete, he's a role model that has never forgotten his roots.

"From our little town of 3100, we're as proud as you can be," said Sodl.

The parade will start at noon and head down Chestnut Street, ending at Saylor Park where there will then be a ceremony honoring Barkley.

Coplay's moto is, "The Little Town that Could," and if you ask anyone Barkley brings those words to life, inspiring everyone around him.

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