LaVar Arrington was among the many star defenders who played for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
A two-time All-American and the 1999 Bednarik Award winner, Arrington starred at Penn State during the end of Sandusky's 32-year run as a Lions assistant. Both men departed the program after the 1999 season.
Like many members of Penn State's football community, Arrington expressed shock at the sex abuse scandal surrounding Sandusky, who has been charged with 40 counts of sex crimes involving minors.
Arrington weighs in on the Sandusky situation in his latest blog post for Washington Post.
"My experiences with Coach Sandusky are memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can honestly say that Coach Sandusky was always fun to be around and genuinely cared about us as people. He always made it a point to help guide us in the direction of being better. He was always very active in trying to help troubled youths and often asked me to take time out of my schedule to spend time with the kids that he would bring around the facility.
"I’m perplexed as to how someone who did so much good could end up being accused of something so bad. I have my own kids, and I know how strongly I feel about them and protecting them from hurt, harm and danger.
"I pray the kids involved in this case are okay. Again as a parent this has created such a dilemma for me. On one side I want Jerry to be innocent because he was a great man to me, but on the other side, as a responsible parent if he did molest or assault those children, then he needs to be responsible for his actions, as we all have to be.
"In the end, regardless of the outcome, it won’t change all of the great things I witnessed from him while I was in school. But the sad reality is, again regardless of the outcome, it has shattered the image of a man who meant so much to me."
Interesting thoughts from someone who knew Sandusky well.