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Here’s an Amazing Story of Jeremiah Trotter Knocking Out LaVar Arrington During Training Camp

Retired NFL players usually have some of the best stories from the locker room. We’ve heard a lot through the years. The one involving Terrell Owens and Hugh Douglas is a personal favorite.

Off-field incidents involving teammates happens surely moreso than the media reports on. Whether the media knows or not, shit’s going on in the locker room. They may choose to ignore it and not report on it, or they may air out the players’ dirty laundry for all to see. It’s glorious.

And one of the best I’ve ever heard was told this morning on the 97.5 The Fanatic morning show.

Former Eagle and Redskins linebacker, Jeremiah Trotter, told one of the greatest stories ever about an incident that happened between him and LaVar Arrington when both linebackers were in Washington, D.C.The story is long, but here’s where Trotter says he reached the boiling point dealing with Arrington.

“I really made an ultimatum for myself, I shouldn’t have done it. I told the guys in the car, I said, ‘ya’ll mark my words, I’m tired of trying to make peace with this guy. If he says one more word to me, ya’ll mark what I say, I’m gonna put him to sleep. Just like that.’ And the guys, they were still cracking jokes, they didn’t really think about it. They didn’t realize how serious I was.

“So, we get into meetings. The way they got meetings set up is … dividers – defensive linemen in one room, defensive backs in another room, and we are in our room. And we get to the play. Now George Edwards [asst. defensive coordinator/linebackers coach] could have prevented the whole situation if he had just skipped over the play. But we got to the play, and George was like, ‘Trot, man. You and L.A. – we’re a team, we gotta stick together. Once Trot makes the call, it’s not the safety’s job to come change it.’

“So I’m sitting in the front row. It’s me on the left side, Jessie Armstead in the middle, and LaVar Arrington on the right side. And when the coach said that, he [Arrington] said, ‘No, f— that! I want everybody to see he don’t know what the f— he doing!’ So I didn’t say nothing. I just leaned over and looked at him. And I would’ve let that one slide. But, George was like, ‘No, no, it’s just the middle linebacker’s job to make the call and roll with it.’ And [Arrington] got even louder. I guess he took my kindness for my weakness. ‘No, f— that!’ He just started getting crazy. So, I stood up and as I’m standing up, I’m talking out loud … ‘I’m through playing. I ain’t talking no more’ but I’m talking out loud to myself. I think I’m saying it in my head, but I’m actually talking out loud. So I stood up and I pushed the chair back, and when he stood up he lunged and swung at me. And when he did, I faded and caught him with an overhand right. Yeah, he was out. You ever see a boxer fall? When he hit the table, he kind of came back. At that time, I just blanked out, so I was going in.”

Here’s the audio, courtesy of 97.5 The Fanatic. It’s an amazing story that you wanna listen to all the way through. The above transcription occurs around the 8:30 mark.

Listen to the entire show here.


  1. John Johnson

    Trotter was a piece if shit. Came to the skins for money. Played poorly. Was probably a plant for Philly and conviently went back to Philly. Enough said.

  2. Keith patton

    Jeremiah Trotter was not a piece of s*** he was a great linebacker if anybody was a piece of s*** it was LaVar Arrington he was a waste of a draft pick for the Redskins what did he give three good years in the NFL Trotter had a great career in the NFL he might of went to the Redskins for the money but he deserved it because he was a great player the Redskins suck at the time anyway

  3. Greg Scott

    I was there….great story! Two grown men had a disagreement and they handled it! We were back at practice laughing a few hours later!! #GSCOTT

  4. Kwame webb

    That carry beavers comment is funny as shit give that man a job. A team of plants funny as hell.

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