LaVar Arrington
All-American college football player, professional football player, linebacker
LaVar Arrington
LaVar RaShad Arrington is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League. He was drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State for coach Joe Paterno. A two-time All-American at Penn State, Arrington played six seasons for the Redskins and one season for the New York Giants. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro selection.
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Dan Snyder, Roger Goodell Meeting To Discuss Redskins Name Controversy: REPORTS
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder will be meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding the name of his franchise, according to multiple reports. Citing confirmation from team and league sources, CSN Washington reported on Monday that the meeting will take place in New York on Tuesday. Such a Snyder-Goodell meeting would come one day before NFL officials are set to meet with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation, who have been vocal opponents of the team's name. An unnamed person described as having knowledge of the meeting told The Washington Post that Goodell is meeting with Snyder "to get more of an understanding from the club as to how it plans to address the issue." In a letter to season ticket holders dated Oct. 9, Snyder again defended the name of his football team, waxing nostalgic about the memory of the first game he attended. Although he did express a willingness to listen to critics in the letter, Snyder also call ...
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Rick Reilly's Outrageous 'Redskins' Defense Compares Protesting Name To Putting Native Americans On Reservations
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ESPN columnist Rick Reilly wants you to know that he will not "fall in line" with the handful of his media colleagues who have opted to stop using the term "Washington Redskins." On the contrary, the 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year has painted those calling for change as the true villains in the ongoing controversy swirling around the NFL team, going as far as to compare them to those who forced Native Americans onto reservations. A week after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conceded that the league should listen to anyone offended by the name of the professional football team in D.C., Reilly entered the fray with a Sept. 18 column about the debate. I guess this is where I'm supposed to fall in line and do what every other American sports writer is doing. I'm supposed to swear I won't ever write the words "Washington Redskins" anymore because it's racist and offensive and a slap in the face to all Native Americans who ever lived. Maybe it is. After beginning his column ...
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Redskins' Adam Carriker: Gay Teammate Not A 'Big Deal'
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
If you're a Washington Redskins player and you're gay, that wouldn't be a problem, at least according to Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker. Speaking on his radio show, "4th & Pain," last week, Carriker said that the Redskins' locker room would be accepting if one its players came out as openly gay, according to CBS DC. "If it were a Washington Redskins player, I don’t think it would be a big deal," said Carriker, adding, "We have a lot of veteran good guys, good veteran leadership on this team." The Nebraska native's comments came less than a week after a CBS report from Mike Freeman claiming that a gay NFL player is thinking of coming out in the next few months. Carriker prefaced his response by saying that it is inevitable that somebody in the NFL is gay. "There's...almost 2,000 NFL football players? Maybe just under. Odds are somebody out there in the big wide world of the NFL is gay," argued Carriker. However, Carriker noted that some NFL l ...
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Notre Dame Player's Shocking Girlfriend Debacle Raises Questions About His Sexuality
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The bombshell exposed Wednesday by Deadspin reporters rocked the sporting world with revelations of an elaborate hoax involving Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o and the tragic passing of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. As Deadspin revealed, she never existed. In the aftermath, Te'o has claimed he was the victim of a hoax, but the bizarre tale has led some to wonder if Te'o was attempting to hide a different secret--his sexuality. On The LaVar Arrington Show, Arrington, a former NFL player, and co-host Chad Dukes referenced the possibility of Te'o being closeted as they tried to figure out what possible motivation could have led him to participate in or fall for such a hoax. "Let's hypothesize, he's gay," said Dukes. "He is a star football, college football player, with beautiful chicks surrounding him, propositioning him all the time with all kinds of media asking him 'Are you dating chicks? Do you have a girlfriend?' all the time." Arrington responded, "Is that th ...
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Two sides to Te'o's Heisman candidacy
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Notre Dame linebacker faces long odds as defensive player, but national attention on resurgent Irish giving him a boost As he began his senior season at Penn State in 1999, of course LaVar Arrington believed he could win the Heisman Trophy. It went to the nation's best college football player, by his reckoning. Also by his reckoning, Arrington was the nation's best college football player, at least this side of Florida State receiver Peter Warrick.
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Former Redskins Linebacker Reads to Windsor Farm Students
Baoadneck Patch - over 4 years
LaVar Arrington, a former linebacker for the Washington Redskins, sat down with students of Windsor Farm Elementary School on Thursday as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event. Over in Annapolis, kindergartners at Eastport Elementary crowded around Mayor Josh Cohen to listen to him read the story of Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad. The nationwide event asks children and adults to read the same book on the same day to celebrate literacy and the importance of high-quality early childhood education, according to Jumpstart's website. "I liked the story for the pictures, but also because all of us hurt people's feelings without meaning to," Cohen said to Ms. Johnson's class when he finished the story.  Cohen has read the book before to his own 4-year-old, who has a soft spot for ladybugs. He said as a parent, he's learned a few tips and tricks for keeping young readers engaged—like asking questions or pausing to make comments about the illustrations. Anne Arundel Count ...
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Arrington: PSU depiction 'terribly overstated'
USA Today - over 4 years
Former Penn State standout LaVar Arrington spoke to USA TODAY Sports about the negative depiction of the Penn State football program community. ...
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Testimony At Sandusky Trial Suggests Missed Chances, Potential Cover-Up
Huffington Post - over 4 years
-- The eyewitness testimony that confronted jurors in Jerry Sandusky's child-molestation trial this week was disturbing not only for its graphic descriptions of sex with boys, but for what it said about the people who surrounded and maybe even protected the once-revered Penn State assistant coach. Eight accusers took the witness stand and described how Sandusky molested them in campus showers, hotel bathrooms, a basement bedroom, a sauna used by the football team – right under the noses of his friends, colleagues, family members and acquaintances. The Sandusky story, the way authorities have framed it, is one littered with missed chances to stop a rapist who preyed on children for years. Prosecutors have hinted that top university officials knew far more about Sandusky's alleged proclivities than they have let on, submitting a document Monday that says Penn State's former vice president – himself facing charges related to the scandal – maintained a file on Sa ...
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Mari Fagel: Victim 4: Why His Testimony Is Key to Sandusky's Conviction
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Both the prosecution and the defense in Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse trial presented strong opening arguments Monday. Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan wisely chose to embed certain words and images in the minds of jurors off the bat. He flashed the photos of each of Sandusky's accusers as children, the faces of young, innocent boys and urged the jurors to listen to their testimonies not as the adults they are now, but as children. This was a smart tactic because the witnesses are now aged 18-28 -- some may be bigger than Sandusky -- but by showing their childhood photos, the jurors now have a mental image of these grown men as the vulnerable children they were while listening to their graphic, sad and sickening stories. The prosecution also tried to knock down the defense's key argument from the start: if this abuse really happened, why did these accusers take so long to come forward? To answer that, McGettigan very effectively highlighted three words on a projector screen: hu ...
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NITTANY LINES: 'I can see the kid's face,' Arrington says of Victim No. 4
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
Former Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington knew the boy now known as Victim No. 4, and testimony from the first day of the Jerry Sandusky trial flooded his memory.
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Penn State trial opens with graphic testimony; accuser says he was molested in the showers
Fox News - over 4 years
Jerry Sandusky's trial in the Penn State scandal opened in graphic fashion Monday with the first witness testifying that the retired coach molested him in the locker-room showers and in hotels while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games. The man, now 28 and dubbed Victim 4 in court papers, left nothing to the imagination as he told the jury about the abuse he said he endured for five years beginning when he was a teenager in the late 1990s. "I've denied it forever," he testified, looking straight at the prosecutor as Sandusky sat motionless nearby. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 counts that he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years. The former assistant football coach has denied the allegations. His arrest last year shamed the university and led to the ouster of beloved Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and Penn State's president. In opening statements, prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III told the jury that Sand ...
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USDA to celebrate 150th anniversary on May 15
Des Moines Register - almost 5 years
The U.S. Agriculture Department is gearing up to celebrate a major milestone next week: it’s 150th anniversary. The USDA, which oversees everything from crop subsidies and food safety to conservation and food stamps, was founded on May 15, 1862, by President Abraham Lincoln to help promote agriculture, which at the time was composed of small farmers. It’s a far cry from the massive agriculture sector now that last year saw farm income soar past $100 billion for the first time as the rural economy rebounded from the recent global recession. “As the department commemorates 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future.  In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America,” USDA said in a statement. Tom Vilsack, the 30th agriculture secretary, will be joined at the celebration by Chuck Leavell, longtime keyboardist of the Rolling Stones, and former Washington Redskin football players Art Monk and LaVar Arr ...
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One of Landon’s Most Important Assets
SB Nation - almost 5 years
The Landon Athletic Complex has a number of incredibly impressive facilities—from Bordley Field at Triplett Stadium’s first rate surface and comfortable stands, to the legendary Jacoby Courts, to the fantastic Barton Athletic Center—the Lehrman Atrium, the Riddleburger Gymnasium and the Freeman Center for Athletic Achievement to numerous other fields and facilities. Hidden in the bowels of the BAC, which few parents have seen, is a most important room, occupied by Matt Virtue andStephen Herman. Their office is lined on one wall with books while the other wall has tables and icing facilities. The library’s contents include tomes on athletic training with titles like: Anatomy Sports Injuries Exercise Physiology Exercise Testing and Prescription Muscles Biomechanical Basics of Human Movement Pathophysiology The Basics of Disease in Adults and Children Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities Principles of Athletic Training Orthoped ...
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NHL player's winning goal sparks racist tweets
KSAT - almost 5 years
As Joel Ward's Washington Capitals teammates swarmed their new hero after his playoff series-winning goal against the NHL's defending champions Wednesday night, more sinister emotions were swirling on social media. A number of people took to Twitter with racist comments, calling Ward -- one of about 20 black men currently on National Hockey League rosters -- the N-word after the Capitals beat the host Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime of Game 7 of their first-round playoff series. Perhaps to those tweeters' surprise, someone collected 40 of the tweets and put them in one place: Chirpstory, a website where one can aggregate other people's Twitter posts for posterity. The posts included: -- "Haha that (slur) actually did something." -- "The fact that a (slur) got the goal makes it ten times worse." -- "We lost ... To a hockey playing (slur).... What kind of (expletive) is this." To what should be no one's surprise, the posts caught the attention of sports celebrities a ...
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WHEELER: My Own 2012 NFL Mock Draft
CBS St. Louis - almost 5 years
It’s NFL Draft Day and for draft geeks like yours truly it’s one of year’s top sports days… I realize that only the 1st round will be held tonight but that’s the best round anyway. It’s where all of the excitement is. Well, for the past 15 or so years I’ve done my own mock draft for on-air purposes and this year is no different. Here are a couple of quick rules I set up for myself, just so you know how I’m playing this game: — I never forecast trades because it’s just too unpredictable — I’m not making predictions of what the teams will do, I’m simply offering up what I would do if I were making the picks myself (a scary thought for some, I know) As is the case with most NFL teams, my opinions on players wind up as a mixed bag of great picks and  stunningly awful ones. I thought guys like DE Andre Wadsworth (3rd overall ’98), Chris Claiborne (9th overall ’99), Lavar Arrington (2nd overall in ’00) and David Terrell (8th overall ’01) were going to be superstars. So, yeah. That ...
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Quick 'N' Dirty Guide: White House Correspondents Association Dinner Weekend
Glitterazzi - almost 5 years
If you like to stargaze like a champ, then you need to be in Washington, D.C., this weekend. From Lindsay Lohan, Goldie Hawn and Jeremy Piven to Ivanka Trump, Charlize Theron and George Clooney, celebrities will paint the town red, white and blue as they dine with President Barack Obama and laugh with Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton. But, that's not the only social sport they'll play. The partying marathon begins Thursday evening with a fab pre-party -- featuring David Arquette, Alyssa Milano, Patricia Arquette, Jason Biggs and Omar Epps. Then, the fun continues full, A-list steam ahead through Sunday when they'll hit an exclusive finish line (think two Sunday-brunch events). Which parties will be the hottest? What hotel lobbies would make good perching spots for spying some celeb eyecandy? Glittarazzi's got the scoop on that (and so much more). So, start your engines, fame racers. The glitterati games start now! Se ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of LaVar Arrington
  • 2014
    Age 35
    On December 11, 2014 the Big Ten Network included Arrington on "The Mount Rushmore of Penn State Football", as chosen by online fan voting.
    More Details Hide Details Arrington was joined in the honor by John Cappelletti, Jack Ham, and Shane Conlan.
    On July 10, 2014, it was announced that Arrington would be joining NFL Network's NFL AM program.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    He was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame on June 24, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    Arrington founded Xtreme Procision (XP) in 2010, a state-of-the-art football training system that will develop the world’s next generation of football players.
    More Details Hide Details Xtreme Procision offers football training camps nationwide, as well as football training products with visual target zones to aid in accelerating development. Xtreme Procision unveiled the XP Locker in the summer of 2015, a digital platform used to track the development of athletes through the capturing of video and metric data associated with performing football drills. LaVar Arrington was named after LeVar Burton, following the actor's portrayal of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 television miniseries Roots. He has an older brother, Michael, who played basketball at Slippery Rock University and a younger brother, Eric. His father, Michael, became an ordained minister after he retired from the military. His mother, Carolyn, is a special education teacher in the Pittsburgh public school system. Arrington lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with his wife Trishia. The couple have three children.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Arrington opened a restaurant named The Sideline in Landover, Maryland on January 30, 2008. In March 2009 one man was killed and six other people were injured after an argument ended in a burst of gunfire just outside the main entrance to the restaurant.
    More Details Hide Details The restaurant went bankrupt and closed in December 2009. Arrington appeared in several television commercials for Eastern Motors with fellow athletes Carmelo Anthony, Clinton Portis, Sean Taylor, and Antawn Jamison. He appeared on a 2002 episode of the TLC program While You Were Out, where he helped redesign a room for his brother, Michael. Arrington served as a judge for ESPN's Dream Job. On June 18, 2007, Arrington was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in suburban Maryland. He was on the Route 50 off-ramp of the Capital Beltway when he lost control of his 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, striking a guardrail. Arrington was rushed to Prince George's Medical Center, in serious but stable condition. Arrington sustained a broken right forearm, broken lower vertebrae, and deep cuts to his leg. He was issued two citations, one for failure to control speed to avoid a collision, the other for operating a vehicle without a class license that contributed to a crash.
    Arrington formed a sports agency, Leap Management, LLC, in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The firm's first clients were 2009 NFL Draft prospects Aaron Maybin, Derrick Williams, Josh Gaines, and Tyrell Sales.
    He returned to Comcast SportsNet's on-air lineup for week 3 of the 2008 NFL season, appearing on the pregame and postgame shows, and on Washington Post Live.
    More Details Hide Details Comcast also featured a segment entitled “Life on the Sidelines with LaVar Arrington” during its Redskins Kickoff program on game days. Arrington did a weekday afternoon radio talk show in Washington, DC with DJ Chad Dukes, titled "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes." The inaugural show aired on July 20, 2009, on 106.7 The Fan. He also hosts his own weekly sports show titled "SportsWeek with Lavar Arrington" on local Washington television station DC50.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Arrington started working on pregame and postgame shows for Comcast SportsNet before the Redskins' 2007 season week 3 loss to the Giants.
    More Details Hide Details He became a permanent member of the Comcast team on October 14 for the Green Bay Packers game.
    A September 23, 2007, New York Daily News article confirmed his retirement.
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    Arrington's agent Kevin Poston initially stated that his client intended to play during the 2007 NFL season, saying "things could change at some point, but as of this moment LaVar is focused on playing this season."
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    On February 12, 2007, he was released by the New York Giants.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    In April 2006, Arrington agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract with the New York Giants.
    More Details Hide Details He was injured in week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys and missed the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
    In March 2006 Arrington paid the Redskins $4.4 million to buy his free agency.
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  • 2000
    Age 21
    The Washington Redskins chose Arrington with the second overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Redskins from to.
    More Details Hide Details After four seasons with the Redskins, Arrington signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension. His agent Carl Poston was accused of neglecting to inspect the final revision of the contract, in which $6.5 million worth of bonuses contained in earlier drafts were missing. Poston was eventually suspended for two years by the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) over the mishandling of Arrington's contract; Arrington did not support the NFLPA's decision. Arrington's final two seasons with the Redskins were marred by knee injuries and conflicts with coaches Joe Gibbs and Gregg Williams.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    Arrington finished ninth in balloting for the 1999 Heisman Trophy.
    More Details Hide Details He left Penn State after his junior season to enter the NFL draft.
    Arrington received several honors during his college career, including the Chuck Bednarik Award, Dick Butkus Award, and Lambert Award in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He was an All-Big-Ten selection, a first-team All-American in 1998, and a consensus first-team All-American in 1999.
    Arrington's tendency for spectacular plays and his cover appearance on the Sports Illustrated 1999 College Football Preview Issue led many to mention him as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    While attending Penn State University, Arrington played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 1997 to 1999.
    More Details Hide Details His signature play with the Nittany Lions came during a game against Illinois. On a fourth and short yardage play, Arrington anticipated the snap count and jumped over the offensive line to tackle the runner in the backfield. The play became known as "The LaVar Leap".
    He played in the 1997 Big 33 Football Classic, the annual game between Pennsylvania and Ohio's best high school football players.
    More Details Hide Details In basketball, he was recruited to play basketball for Georgetown, UMass, and North Carolina. Also a standout sprinter, Arrington was on the school's track & field team, where he recorded personal-best times of 10.85 seconds in the 100 meters and 23.14 seconds in the 200 meters. He also had top-jumps of 1.96 meters in the high jump and 6.76 meters in the long jump.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    Arrington was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He played linebacker and running back at North Hills Senior High School in Pittsburgh. After his senior year, he was named the 1996 Parade National Player of the Year, the Bobby Dodd National Offensive Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and USA Today Pennsylvania Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details He became the second player in Pennsylvania Class 4-A history to rush for more than 4,000 career yards, with 4,357 on 711 carries and 72 touchdowns.
  • 1978
    Born on June 30, 1978.
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