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Encyclopedia > Lavar Arrington
LaVar Arrington
Free agentNo. N/A
Linebacker
Date of Birth: June 20, 1978 (1978-06-20) (age 29)
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 257 lb (117 kg)
National Football League Debut
2000 for the Washington Redskins
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
 Teams:
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

LaVar RaShad Arrington (born June 20, 1978 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former professional football player. He played linebacker for six seasons in the National Football League, most recently for the New York Giants. Arrington, a college standout at Penn State, was a three-time All-Pro, representing the Washington Redskins in three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2001-2003. He began playing football at Pittsburgh's North Hills Senior High School. In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... The characters N/A (sometimes n/a) are an abbreviation that is mainly used in information tables. ... This article relates to sports. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The Chuck Bednarik Award, named for the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Chuck Bednarik is given annually to the College Defensive Football Player of the Year. ... The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... This article is about the state-related university. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2000 National Football League Draft started off with Penn State teammates Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington being selected consecutively, they are the only Penn State players to go number one and two. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article relates to sports. ... NFL redirects here. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... North Hills Senior High School is a suburban high school located near the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

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High School Career

Arrington is widely considered one of the greatest high school football players ever to emerge from western Pennsylvania. As a senior linebacker and running back at North Hills Senior High School in Pittsburgh 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. He was only the second player in Pennsylvania Class 4-A history to rush for more than 4,000 career yards, with 4,357 on 711 carries (6.1-yard avg.) and 72 touchdowns. He played in the 1997 Big 33 Football Classic, the annual game between Pennsylvania and Ohio's best high school football players.[1] North Hills Senior High School is a suburban high school located near the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... PARADE is a magazine, distributed as a Sunday supplement in hundreds of newspapers in the United States. ... Gatoradeis a non-carbonated sports drink marketed by the Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... In American football, rushing has two different meanings. ... The Big 33 Football Classic is an all-star American football game featuring the top high school football players in Pennsylvania. ...


Arrington was also a tremendous athlete in basketball and track and field. He was recruited to play basketball by Georgetown, UMass and North Carolina.[2] This article is about the sport. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Bishop John Carroll founded the school in 1789, though its roots extend back to 1634. ... This page is about the university system across Massachusetts. ... The University of North Carolina is a seventeen campus system which includes all sixteen public four-year universities in North Carolina, United States and one public residential high school. ...


College career

His career as a college football player at Penn State earned him numerous awards. He wore the number 11 in college. He was an All Big-Ten selection, twice a first team All-American, and he won the 1999 Chuck Bednarik and Dick Butkus awards for his defensive prowess. Among his many outstanding plays, he is most famous for a spectacular play that has come to be known as "The LaVar Leap". During a game against the Illinois, Arrington anticipated the snap on a fourth-and-short play, leaping over the offensive line and tackling the runner in the backfield. The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The Chuck Bednarik Award, named for the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Chuck Bednarik is given annually to the College Defensive Football Player of the Year. ... The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ... A Corner of Main Quad The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ...


Highlight reel plays such as these, along with Arrington's appearance on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 1999 College Football Preview Issue led many to mention him as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.[3] Arrington did finish 9th in the Heisman balloting that year, somewhat rare for a defensive player. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Heisman redirects here. ...

Preceded by
Chris Claiborne
Butkus Award Winner
1999
Succeeded by
Dan Morgan

Christopher Ashone Claiborne (born July 26, 1978 in San Diego) was a first-team All American graduate of the University of Southern California. ... The Dick Butkus Award, instituted in 1985, is given annually to the top linebacker in college football. ... This article is about the year. ... For the Australian bushranger, see Dan Morgan (bushranger) Daniel Thomas Morgan, Jr. ...

NFL career

Arrington was drafted as the second pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins behind Penn State teammate Courtney Brown. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:CU Marking articles for cleanup This page is undergoing a transition to an easier-to-maintain format. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... The 2000 National Football League Draft started off with Penn State teammates Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington being selected consecutively, they are the only Penn State players to go number one and two. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... Courtney Brown is an NFL defensive end. ...


After four seasons with the Redskins, Arrington signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with his club, ensuring a steady anchor at the linebacker position. Arrington was one of the Redskins' most popular and visible players—his #56 jersey outselling all other jerseys combined in the team's stores. However, his agents, Carl and Kevin Poston, neglected to inspect the final revision of the contract, in which $6.5 million worth of bonuses contained in earlier drafts were missing. The ensuing battle over the mishandling of his contract, along with a tempestuous final two seasons in which he suffered from knee injuries and was benched by head coach Joe Gibbs and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for freelancing, created a rift between Arrington and the team. On March 5, 2006, he asked to be released by the Redskins, in essence paying the Redskins over $4 million to buy his free agency. Carl Poston was given a two-year suspension by the players' union over the mishandling of Arrington's contract. For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a Hall of Fame American football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. ... Gregg Williams (born July 15, 1958) is the Assistant Head Coach - Defense of the Washington Redskins and the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-2003. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ...


In April 2006, Arrington agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract with the New York Giants. There, Arrington was reunited with fellow Redskin expatriate, linebacker Antonio Pierce, along with his Penn State teammate and flanker, linebacker Brandon Short. As # 56 had been retired several years prior, he decided on the number 55 and gave himself the nickname "Double Nickels"/"Mr. Nickels". [4] // For an extensive coverage see 2006 in athletics (track and field) May 12 — Justin Gatlin equals the 100m world record. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Antonio Pierce (born October 26, 1978 in Ontario, Canada) is a Middle Linebacker on the NFLs New York Giants. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... The position of a flanker in rugby union is key to retention of the ball during open play. ... Brandon Darnell Short (born July 11, 1977 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania) is an ex professional American football linebacker in the National Football League. ...


Arrington suffered an injury in week 7 against the Cowboys and missed the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. On February 12, 2007, he was released by the New York Giants along with two other veterans.[5]. Since then rumors had been flying around that he was contemplating retirement. This is about vertebrate anatomy. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ...


Initially Arrington's agent Kevin Poston insisted 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." Rumor surfaced that Arrington was engaged in talks with the Redskins, but an April 18, 2007, The Washington Post article by Jason LaCanfora reported that Arrington is rumored to be leaning strongly towards retirement. Arrington's serious motorcycle accident in June 2007, seemed to remove any doubt. A September 23, 2007 New York Daily News article confirmed his retirement.[1] The 2007 season of the National Football League (NFL) is the 88th season played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // 1 : College Football - In a game remembered for its numerous trick plays, including a hook and lateral and a Statue of Liberty play, the Boise State Broncos defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 43-42 to win the Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


NFL statistics

Year Team G Tackles Sacks INTs INTTDs FFums DefTDs PD
2000-01 Washington 16 55 4.0 0 0 0 0 4
2001-02 Washington 14 99 0.5 3 1 0 1 9
2002-03 Washington 16 95 11 0 0 4 1 8
2003-04 Washington 16 90 6 0 0 6 0 11
2004-05 Washington 4 15 1 0 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Washington 12 47 0 1 0 0 0 1
2006-07 NY Giants 6 14 1 0 0 0 0 3
Totals 84 415 23.5 4 1 10 2 38

Broadcasting

Arrington appeared on Comcast SportsNet's September 23, 2007, pregame show and postgame show, before the Redskins' week 3 loss to the Giants. He became a permanent member of the Comcast team on October 14 for the Green Bay Packers game. Comcast SportsNet (or CSN) is a group of regional sports networks. ... The 2007 Washington Redskins season will see the team trying to improve upon their 5-11 record in 2006 after finishing last place in the NFC East. ... Packers redirects here. ...


Personal life

Arrington lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with his wife Trishia. The couple have three children: daughter Marlee, born in December 2005, and twins, LaVar and Laila, born May 2007.[6] Anne Arundel County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland. ...


Arrington was named in honor of LeVar Burton, following his 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, is an ordained minister retired from the military while his mother, Carolyn, is a special education teacher in the Pittsburgh public school system.[7] Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. ... Kunta Kinte (or Kunta Kunte) is the central character of the novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, and of the television mini-series Roots, based on the book. ... Roots is a 1977 American television miniseries based on Alex Haleys work Roots: The Saga of an American Family, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. ... Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (known as The Rock or SRU for short) is an American university, and a member of the State System of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania[1]. It is located in the borough of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. ...


Arrington's 7,500 square-foot restaurant, The Sideline, in Landover, Maryland is scheduled to open in December 2007.[8] Landover is an area of Prince Georges County in the State of Maryland in the United States of America. ...


Arrington appears in several televisions commercials for Easterns Motors with fellow athletes Carmelo Anthony, Clinton Portis, Sean Taylor, and Antawn Jamison.[9] He also appeared on a 2002 episode of the TLC program While You Were Out, where he helped redesign a room for his brother, Michael. Arrington was also a judge in ESPN's Dream Job. Carmelo Anthony (born May 29, 1984 in the Red Hook Projects of Brooklyn, New York)[1] is an American professional basketball player at the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association and the USA National Team. ... Clinton Earl Portis (born September 1, 1981 in Laurel, Mississippi) is an American football running back. ... Sean Michael Taylor (born April 1, 1983 in Miami, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays free safety for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. Due to his ferocious style of hitting, his teammates have nicknamed him Meast.[1][2] This a reference to him being half-man... Antawn Cortez Jamison [pronounced an-TWAHN] (born June 12, 1976, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... TLC is a cable TV network in the US and Canada, that carries a variety of informational and reality-based programming. ... While You Were Out was an hour-long American television reality program on the cable channel TLC. The format of the show is similar to TLCs Trading Spaces (which, in turn, is based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms). ...


June 2007 Accident

On June 18, 2007, Arrington was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in suburban Maryland. He was on the Route 50 offramp to the Capital Beltway. Arrington was rushed to Prince George's Medical Center, where he was in serious but stable condition.[10] Arrington sustained a broken right forearm, broken lower vertebrae, and deep cuts to his leg. For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Largest metro area Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 101 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N... The Capital Beltway (in green) The Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) is an expressway-class interstate highway which circles the Washington, DC area. ...


Arrington 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.


References

  1. ^ http://www.big33.org/nflalumni.htm
  2. ^ http://www.psu.edu/sports/football/profiles/arrington.html
  3. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/news/1999/10/20/bigten_insider
  4. ^ Video of Arrington on NFL Total Access after being signed by the Giants
  5. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-giants-arringtonreleased&prov=ap&type=lgns
  6. ^ http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070924/SPORTS01/109240071/1005/SPORTS
  7. ^ http://www.psu.edu/sports/football/profiles/arrington.html
  8. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2007/09/23/2007-09-23_lavar_arrington_gives_first_interview_si.html
  9. ^ http://www.deadspin.com/sports/nfl/redskins-surprisingly-effective-car-salesmen-147412.php
  10. ^ http://www.wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=59841

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
LaVar Arrington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (818 words)
Arrington was drafted as the second choice overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins behind Penn State teammate Courtney Brown.
Arrington, a college standout at Penn State, was elected as a starter for the NFC in three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2001-2003.
Arrington suffered an injury in week 7 against the Cowboys and was slated to miss the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Michael Eisen - Story - 4.22 Giants Sign LB LaVar Arrington - Giants.com (868 words)
Arrington, the second overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, was one of the NFL’s most productive and exciting linebackers in his six seasons with the Washington Redskins.
Arrington is the second veteran linebacker to join the Giants this week; Brandon Short, who played for the Giants from 2000-2003 and was Arrington's teammate at Penn State, re-signed with the team after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Arrington was a standout in Washington’s victory at Tampa Bay in the NFC Wild Card Game, when he had 10 tackles (six solo), an interception that he returned 21 yards to set up a touchdown, and a forced fumble.
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