It’s hard to believe it was 13 years ago this weekend that Penn State linebacker LaVar Arrington was selected No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins, becoming the face of a youth movement on defense.
Back then, the NFL Draft was held at Madison Square Garden, which is a bigger but less intimate venue than Radio City Music Hall.
The Redskins held the second overall pick via a trade with the New Orleans Saints, and selected Arrington one pick before franchise left tackle Chris Samuels.
Arrington proved worthy of his collegiate hype, playing six seasons in the Nation’s Capital and making the Pro Bowl three times.
He was voted by fans as one of the 80 Greatest Redskins during the team’s anniversary season last year, and has been a familiar face in the Washington sports conversation ever since his retirement in 2007.
This weekend, he will return to New York City on behalf of the Washington Redskins to announce the selection of the team’s top pick, currently scheduled for No. 51.
This is a classy gesture to one of the most recognizable Redskins of the last decade, and one of the NFL’s better ideas surrounding the annual draft circus.
The Redskins had Doug Williams announce the team’s second round pick in 2011, with Ken Harvey announcing last year’s third-rounder.