LaVar Arrington

LaVar Arrington played on both sides of the ball at North Hills Senior High School in Pittsburgh, PA. As a linebacker and running back, he was Parade National Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year, and USA Today Pennsylvania Player of the Year. Arrington accumulated over 4,000 rushing yards in his career and even received scholarship offers to play basketball as well.

The athlete decided to stay close to home, attending Pennsylvania State University. Under Coach Joe Paterno, he was a two-time All-American, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and made famous the “LaVar Leap”. As a junior, he won the Chuck Bednarik Award finishing the season with 72 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and two blocked kicks.

His impressive college career made him a coveted NFL draft pick and in 2000, he was selected second overall by the Washington Redskins. After six seasons he signed with the New York Giants and then retired in 2007. Lavar went on to become a three-time Pro-Bowler and an All-Pro with the Redskins and the explosive linebacker made the “80 Greatest Redskins” list. Following his NFL career, he did pregame and postgame coverage for the Redskins and now hosts a sports talk radio shows in Washington DC. He also owns a sports management firm, Leap Management.

Award Profile

Winner: Chuck Bednarik Award - 1999

Penn State University