LaVar Arrington has never been shy about letting his feelings known; so when he says something, he means it.
Arrington — whose “10 For 80″ distinction by the Redskins cements his name among the greatest players in team history — spoke to the Redskins Blog Saturday night at the Redskins Homecoming Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. Arrington was one of more than 150 Redskins alumni to visit over the weekend.
“It’s very humbling,” Arrington said. “It’s just nice to be in the midst, nice to be a part of something like this. I’m happy and elated to be here — just elated.”
In his six seasons with the Redskins, Arrington earned three consecutive Pro Bowl berths from 2001 to 2003 and amassed 22.5 sacks — including leading all linebackers with 11 in 2002 — as well as 10 forced fumbles and three interceptions.
The Penn State product was selected second overall by the Redskins in the 2000 NFL Draft, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the league.
Arrington said he still remembers his first home game with the Redskins, a 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers Sept. 3, 2000, at FedExField.
“It was just intense — intense to be a professional, intense to be a Washington Redskin, intense due to the way the fireworks were going off and the band was playing and the music was going,” Arrington recalled. “All kinds of things were going on, and you were about to represent the Washington Redskins. It’s an intense moment and was a great FedExField moment.”
Arrington said he has two favorite moments while playing for the Redskins.
“One was when my cousin, who ended up passing away of cancer, was on the sideline with me for a game when we played the Pittsburgh Steelers, where I’m from, and we ended up winning,” Arrington said. “Another one would obviously be where we beat Dallas, and it was Darrell Green’s last home game as a Washington Redskin, so we sent him out on a high note. It was very cool.”
Arrington, 34, said he’s been away from the game long enough now to truly appreciate playing for the Redskins and their deep history.
“I love the ‘Skins, man,” said Arrington, who last played in 2006. “I love this team. I love the fan base to no end. To have done enough to have etched something in stone like being a part of the 80 Greatest, I think it speaks for itself.”
Arrington — who has a successful D.C.-area radio show on 106.7 FM and also contributes columns for the Washington Post — has also stayed busy lately as a spokesman in support of Question 7, a ballot initiative that would bring thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in revenue to Maryland.
“I think it’s important for you to stand for something,” Arrington said. “So, for me, I feel like it’s worth a try: bring business here, bring jobs here. It’s worth a try to try to improve our economy.”
Arrington said he’s excited about the possibilities that go with supporting Question 7.
“I look at it from the perspective of let’s bring that business here and go from there and see what we can get done,” he said.
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