Please let me reintroduce myself
Hello everybody, my name is LaVar Arrington.
In my younger years I played some football, attended the distinguished institution of The Pennsylvania State University (We are Penn State!) I earned a couple of awards, had a play named after me , and ended up being drafted by the Washington Redskins with the number two pick in the 2000 NFL draft. Playing football in the nation's capital proved to be some of the most memorable years of my life. My love for Washington, D.C. truly came from the love I received from the people and fans in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. over the years.
Ultimately I believe that love affair formed through my hard work on the football field and my willingness to let the fans know exactly what was going on with our team and with me. Media gave me a platform to stay connected to the fans as a player and now, after retiring, as a writer for The Washington Post.
In 2009, I entered the media world full time via sports talk radio. I host a very entertaining radio show on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. Later that year, I joined the DC50 team to do a sports-based television show. Needless to say the show was an instant hit. So naturally my next progression was to get into the new media world. As fate would have it, The Post was looking to expand in this area and saw value in adding me to the team.
In this blog, I want to give you, the fan, a unique perspective on "Hard Hitting" sports topics locally and nationally. As a huge sports fan growing up, I studied athletes and coaches in all sports. As a former athlete I have the ability to compare and contrast my experiences as a fan and a player, which gives me the knowledge and confidence to give sports fans points of view from both worlds.
Hello? Who wouldn't want to read the opinions of a true fan and former player? My hope is that my blog will bring clarity to sports topics that fans are interested in. Make no mistake, I am a huge Redskins fan, and even though the former player in me gets excited and pumped up over what happens with the Skins, my promise to you is to be as objective and honest as I can be on all the sports topics that I blog about.
In return, stay in touch with me. Let me know when you agree with me, and when you don't. Follow me on this blog, and write comments and questions to me. Watch our new webcast, "Redskins Insider Live," that will air live on washingtonpost.com every Tuesday morning and be available for download from the Post website after that. Join me every week for my on-line video chat (details to come on that one). And if you want, follow me on twitter @LaVar Arrington.
This is a new experience and a new challenge for me. I am so excited to blog for such a great company and even more important than that, I am honored to be bringing perspective to the fans that have helped make me who I am.
August 26, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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