Penn State Legend LaVar Arrington Leaps Into the College Football Hall Of Fame

By John Morgan on January 7, 2022 at 8:38 am

It seems only right that one of the most exciting players to ever don the blue and white was a linebacker. All-American linebacker LaVar Arrington announced via Twitter and on his Fox Sports radio show "Two Pros and a cup of Joe", that he is part of the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame class. 

Arrington took college football by storm after an illustrious career at North Hills High School in Pittsburgh. The 1996 Parade National Player of the Year came to Happy Valley with plenty of hype, and immediately lived up to it. On special teams as a freshman in 1997, Arrington was a must watch player that fans immediately were drawn to.

LaVar was named as an All-American in 1998 and 1999. In that '99 season, he won the Chuck Bednarik, Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert awards. It was the year prior, however, when Arrington made his signature play known as the "LaVar Leap", stopping Illinois fullback Elmer Hickman on a fourth-and-inches play.

In 1999, Penn State faced Pitt in a game that was much closer than expected. Arrington preserved the win when he skied to block a Nick Lotz 52-yard field goal attempt. Later that season against Purdue, he played what many would argue his greatest game as a Nittany Lion. He forced a fumble by sacking Drew Brees before scooping and scoring for a touchdown. Later in the game, he blocked a field goal at the end of the first half in one of the most athletic plays I have ever seen. Set aside 10 minutes and watch these highlights because they never disappoint.

On a personal note, I grew up in Pittsburgh and was a few years older than Arrington at his rival high school. The hype around him was so loud growing up and he lived up to it at every moment. He will forever be my favorite Penn State player and is so deserving of this honor. When Arrington chose No. 11, it bucked this system because Nittany Lions fans were used to No. 31 or some other number for the best linebacker. Since LaVar, NaVorro Bowman and Micah Parson have worn the number that is now referred to as "Stick City."

His talent was only overshadowed by his personality which was such a stark contrast from head coach Joe Paterno. It was a perfect match and he is now in his rightful place as the 25th Nittany Lion to be enshrined. Congrats to LaVar and the rest of the 2022 class that has yet to be named.

Here are two videos that highlight his exceptional career. "Somebody check his cape at the door."