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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Redskins fans are in need of a hero

By LaVar Arrington

The 2010 football season is now past the halfway mark and the landscape of the season is taking shape. Some teams are, as expected, over-achievers heading toward a post-season birth and others ... well, not so much.

One thing that comes to mind for me at this stage of the season is the time of the year and something that is so relevant to it. It's the holiday season, with Thanksgiving having just past and Christmas quickly approaching. Holidays are deeply rooted in the same principles as football -- they are about caring, sharing, hope and a long list of other important things.The one that jumps out for me in particular is heroes.

I began thinking about how the word hero applies to this Redskins team and this Redskins season. Let me start by giving my own personal definition of a hero. A hero is a person who is willing to put his or her own personal dreams, agendas and aspirations aside in order to deliver those very things to others. The fireman who knows there are people inside a burning house who could lose their lives and selflessly puts his own life on the line to save another is a true hero.

So it's understood that there are real-life heroes and there are sports heroes.The Washington Redskins fans have stood by their team through thick and thin over the years. This is the perfect time for someone on this Redskins team who has it in him to be a hero to them.There needs to be a player that represents the common man, who offers hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. A person who understands that by placing the weight of others on his shoulders he will be providing much-needed help to the fans who are struggling to make it through to the other side with this team. If someone is willing to accept the challenge and try, he will be loved forever!

Who will it be? Is it London Fletcher, the fiery veteran that leads the defense? Will it be Donovan McNabb, with late-season heroics? Maybe it's not even a marquee name player at all. Maybe it's a name we've just come to learn? Maybe the hero for the Redskins is someone with a big heart and a lot of energy packaged up into a small body, a person that, in reality, has always been told he's too small. Maybe the smallest pair of shoulders will carry the heaviest burdens -- Redskins' fans hopes and dreams.

Maybe that hero for the Redskins fans is a young man by the name of Brandon Banks?

By LaVar Arrington  | November 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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You're spot on. He's a small dude with big star potential. I was there Sunday and watching him run down that sideline was something special I hadn't felt in a long time, even if it didn't count.

Posted by: WilmingtonDE | November 30, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm already on the Banks Bandwagon! You can add A. Armstrong, Keiland Williams, L. Alexander, and a few others. Just happens LA that I remember a turning point in a dismal season not too long ago when a pic by a certain LB returned for a TD changed the season for the Skins. You are right they need a spark, some young guns to step and be the new face of an organization that has failed with big names and big contracts.

Posted by: eello | November 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Banks is the only guy right now who when you see on the field you get excited about.
Dexter, Darrell, Wilbur Marshall were the defensive guys in the glory days. Riggins, Clark, Monk had the impact then on offense.
Lavar used to be the guy in the early 2000's. Sean Taylor was the guy in mid-decade. Right now we don't have that guy. Orakpo can be on defense but he needs help.
Skins haven't had a playmaker on offense in years. McNabb is the only one on offense right now but he needs the time & the weapons to produce the big plays. So maybe we get 10 plays a game with Banks. This team needs playmakers along with the grunt workers on both lines.

Posted by: dph60 | November 30, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

How dare you put a over paid egotistical cry baby football player on the same level as a hard working severly underpaid professional firefighter. I was a career firefighter paramedic for many years before I became an Air Traffic Controller at one of the busiest facilities in the world. I expect much better from you Mr. Arrington. This post was disgusting to say the least, but, seems to be on pair with the trash that comes from your mouth here and on your totally inept radio program.

Have a great day and think again before you put your thoughts on paper for all to see.

See ya,


Posted by: timbo58 | November 30, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Lighten up a little. Lavar clearly made the distinction between real life heros and sports heros.Dont think anyone in their right mind equates the two, so just take a pill and, like I said, lighten up Dude

Posted by: gelehu | November 30, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

timbo58 you are a fool and are over-reacting to Lavar's statement. Lavar was making a statement on what a real hero is, not comparing the selfless acts of a true hero, a Firefighter, to those of a professional football player. To me it looks like you are just looking for a reason to take a stab at Lavar. No one doubts what firefighters and paramedics do day to day or the sacrifices that you may have made. There is no reason to act like a fool.

In relation to Lavar's statement on our need for a Hero on the Redskins right now, the only ones I see are the old guys like Cooley or Moss making the clutch catches like they have in the past or the spark that some of the new guys have like Banks and Armstrong. Now if Donivan can just get the ball to those guys when they are in full stride for once! It kills me to see them have to stop or slow down time and time again to catch the ball. If they were in full stride a large number of those passes would be touchdowns and we would be better that 5-6.


Posted by: BRand2 | November 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd be just as happy if those receivers didn't drop as many balls as they did, BRand2.

Posted by: Jaker26 | November 30, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Seems like you have the ego. I guess he was suppose to write an article about firemen and mention you. Then he would have gotten it right. He is a sports writer!! If you want to read about real life heros such as teachers and firemen go to the metro section. Not to mention he said he did not mean to relate sports heros on the same level as working people outside of sports. He said that at the beginning of the article and you still are ranting like an idiot who did not take time to even read it completely. I think people like you just read the WP to find something to bich and moan about.

Posted by: ged0386 | November 30, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"There needs to be a player that represents the common man, who offers hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. A person who understands that by placing the weight of others on his shoulders he will be providing much-needed help to the fans who are struggling to make it through to the other side with this team."

Lorenzo Alexander is my hero. Best athlete on the team, does whatever is required without complaint and makes plays.

Posted by: walkdwalk | November 30, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

timbo you need help!!!!!

Posted by: ththornton1 | November 30, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, it's a great idea, but this isn't golf. It's not a one man game. We have heroes already on our team. I think Cooley is one. Fletch is one. Mcnabb is one. Banks is one. But Cooley can't catch the pass in the end zone if McNabb has no time to throw the ball. Banks can't score on a runback if there's holding calling it back. K Williams or Torain can't break off tackle and score from 30 yds out if there are no holes to run through. WE NEED AN O LINE. AND A DEFENSE. Fletch can't stop everyone on every play. We have 5 or 6 great, hero-like players. They need support, and there isn't any.....

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm a retired fire service employee and have witnessed way to many so called firefighters strutting their stuff thinking they're a hero when they are nothing more than chest thumping egotistical morons.

Cut the crap Tim, grow-up, use your common sense instead of your over-grown ego. LaVar's article was very well written and thought out.

I agree with his analogy 100%. What we need are some low key leaders on this team. Yes, we need people who can step up, take charge and do it without wanting to be the look at me type of egotist that a lot of ball players seem to be falling into. Maybe we as fans should be encouraging this as well.


Posted by: p.okeefe | November 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Banks, you've just been fingered as "the hero." No pressure.

Posted by: heyjoe728 | December 1, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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