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Legursky receives key to the city

Posted by on April 9, 2014 – 10:02 pm

Lynn O’Brien, left, presented Doug Legursky the key to the city at Friday’s chamber dinner held at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. Her husband, Beckley Mayor Bill O’Brien, stands in back. (RICK BARBERO/THE REGISTER-HERALD)

Bills guard Doug Legursky has been honored with the key to the city in his hometown of Beckley, West Virginia.

At the 94th annual Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Dinner last week, BRCCC President and CEO Ellen Taylor said it was Legursky’s connection to home that earned him the distinction.

“We always have a featured speaker and we try to bring back the area’s best,” Taylor said. “He’s a local guy who has done well and we’d like to recognize that.”

Despite a six-year career as a professional athlete, Legursky’s background away from the spotlight has kept him humble.

“Being from southern West Virginia has kept me grounded and close to my roots,” he said. “Being from this area where there’s so much love between the family and everyone in the community. So many people grow up in these big cities and they don’t get to experience that sense of community that I’m blessed with. It’s absolutely amazing.

“I try to bring that to where I am. When I was at Pittsburgh (with the Steelers) and now that I’m with the (Buffalo) Bills, I always try to bring everyone together and have big dinners with everyone involved like the people of West Virginia do.”

In addition to the pride he surely feels after being honored in his hometown, Legursky said he plans to put the key on a gold chain and wear it around town with pride.

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