LaVar Arrington will be honored by Penn State on Saturday during its game for being in the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class.
Arrington was a 6-foot-3, 257-pound linebacker out of North Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who played at Penn State from 1997-1999, and was a First-team All-Big Ten and First-team All-American in both 1998-1999. Arrington also won the Butkus Award, Chuck Bednarik award, and the Jack Lambert trophy in 1999.
That season, he recorded 72 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks, and an interception.
In January, Arrington was the 25th player from Penn State to be inducted into a College Football Hall of Fame. His signature play was the “LaVar Leap” in a home against Illinois in 1998, when he jumped over the Offensive line of Illinois to make a fourth down stop in a game that they won 27-0.
Arrington was drafted by the Washington Redskins second overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, just behind teammate Courtney Brown who went first overall to the Cleveland Browns.
Arrington played in Washington from 2000-2005, where he made the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2000, made the Pro Bowls in each year from 2001-2003, and was a First-team All-Pro in 2002 and 2003. He went on to play for the New York Giants in 2006.
After his playing days, he made headways in his broadcasting career with local DC radio shows, NFL Network, and FS1’s “Speak For Yourself”. He is also a part of the Success With Honor, Penn State’s preferred NIL collective.