This is a few days old, but still worth the read. The Redskins' second-overall pick in the 2000 draft, linebacker LaVar Arrington, is still recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident that pretty much ended his NFL career. A career, by the way, that sandwiched glimpses of athletic brilliance around stints on the pine for various non-athletic reasons.
In this New York Daily News piece, Arrington recounts the accident, talks about his NFL career, and discusses his future. One of the most intriguing revelations -- other than Arrington dropping more than 30 pounds since leaving the game -- are his thoughts on Washington owner Dan Snyder:
"I hate the way that Dan Snyder and Joe Gibbs handled [my last few year's in Washington]," says Arrington, who settled [a contract] dispute with Snyder and surrendered $2 million to get out of his contract in 2006. "So I don't have a liking for them particularly. I made three Pro Bowls under crazy circumstances. People wouldn't even know how complicated it is to be a Washington Redskin. I am not a mudslinger so I won't get into details of it."Arrington then adds: "I will be a successful businessman based on probably 85% of the things I have learned from Daniel Snyder..." So The Danny may not be much of an NFL owner, but there's no disputing his non-football business acumen.
Arrington comes across as a thoughtful, interesting dude. I don't know what it is with professional football players and motorcycles, but credit to Arrington for seemingly learning a big lesson, and getting on with his life.