FRISCO — The relationship was built naturally.
LaVar Arrington was the second overall pick of the 2000 NFL draft by Washington. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh. A man who played at Linebacker U, Penn State. Arrington was raised to hate the Cowboys in college and the pros.
Now he mentors a young man born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital, who also played linebacker at Penn State. And while Micah Parsons, whom Dallas chose 12th overall, wasn’t raised to hate the Cowboys, since his family loved the team, the bond between the two men is strong.
It’s forced Arrington, who played with Washington and the New York Giants in a seven-year career, to re-evaluate the hate for Dallas. If anything, Arrington believes in what Parsons might accomplish.
“He has to be accountable for who he is and not undersell and underachieve what his capabilities are,” Arrington said. “The capabilities he has are on the level of being the greatest linebacker that ever played for that franchise, all things given. If everything works to the better good of what it’s supposed to be. The talent level, the understanding of the game, the ability, everything, all things given, he has that it factor to be the best that’s ever put that uniform on at that position.”
The praise is high. But Arrington understands the pressures of being a first-round pick with expectations to succeed.
Arrington mentors young men headed…