Trishia is up in Albany with the couple’s six-month-old daughter, Marlee, and Trishia’s 13-year-old brother, Teddy. Here’s what Mrs. Arrington had to say.
Q: Who exactly is LaVar Arrington?
A: He’s amazing. He’s an amazing person, he’s an amazing
father and he’s an amazing husband. He’s an all-around great person. He really
has been misunderstood. Washington put a lot of negative spin on him that really
isn’t true. He’s a hard worker; he’s very disciplined. And despite what a lot of
people like to say, he’s very educated. A lot of people don’t realize he’s had
to deal with six coaches and six different defenses in seven years. A lot of
people overlook that and don’t realize that it’s not easy. That’s a big reason
we’re excited to be here because they have a great, great coaching staff. I
think once he’s here for a little while everything will fall into place.
Hopefully here people will see him for who he really is.
Q: Why do you think he’s been so misunderstood?
A: I really don’t know. I really don’t. LaVar is a wonderful
family man. I know the teammates that have gotten a chance to know him really
loved him. He’s a team guy, a team player. He just wants to win. The last couple
of years have been hard for him. So many different coaches is a hard thing for
anybody. But he’s trying to make the adjustment and hopefully we’ll be here for
Q: How much has he been bothered by what’s been said and
written about him?
A: He’s a human being. Hurtful words that aren’t true – just
like anybody else – they bother him. He’s so interested in everyone getting to
know the real LaVar, and the real person that he is. It makes it even harder for
me, because sometimes I feel like I have to pick him up. He’s very smart – he
reads the papers and reads the articles. He is concerned about what other people
say about him. But I’ve always told him that, in time, the truth will always
Q: What about the claims that he’s uncoachable?
A: That’s not true. It’s not his fault that he has a
different coach every year. He’s very well coachable. It’s really hard. Those
defensive schemes are not easy. Sometimes I see his notebook and it looks like
French to me. And switching and having to learn a new scheme basically every
year is not an easy task to do.
Q: What’s something the average person doesn’t know about
A: He is very sensitive. He’s a big, strong, massive guy, but
he’s really my gentle giant. He’s just a great man. He’s really my rock.
Sometimes it’s hard when he’s down because I have to be strong for him. For the
most part, he’s just a gentle giant. He’s amazing.
Q: How did you two meet?
A: We met at one of his charity functions in DC and it’s been
happily ever after for us.
Q: Did he have you at hello?
A: When I first saw him I thought he was attractive. I was
talking to some of my girlfriends and they said ‘don’t you know who that is?’ I
was so disappointed because you hear so many things about football players and
what they’re like and how they are. He’ll tell you that I gave him such a hard
time. He asked if I wanted a picture with him and I said no. I was so mean to
him. But after we sat down and talked, I couldn’t believe that he was such a
normal, regular guy. He has good values. I remember thinking to myself at that
point that if this man is who he says he is, I’m going to marry him. He’s never
changed. He’s the exact same person as the day that I met him. He’s awesome.
You’ll realize once you get to know him that he’s a righteous guy. He really is.
Q: If he could have everyone see right into and know him,
what would he want everyone to see?
A: Probably that he’s just a person. He may be in the media
and on TV all the time, but he’s just a person. He’s just as normal as you and
me. Everything people say he hears. He has feelings too, he’s just as sensitive
as the rest of us. He’s just trying to work hard and win games.
Q: How excited is he to receive a fresh start?
A: How’s so excited. The team’s great, the coaches are good.
Everyone’s accepted him with open arms. We’re all so excited to be here. New
York is awesome. It’s the media capital of the world and we’re thrilled to be
Q: What are your thoughts about leaving DC?
A: We’re still there. Our home will always be in DC. It was
more of a new start for him and us. It was time to go. Sometimes it’s hard to
realize that, but he was man enough to realize it was time to start new.
Q: How have the New York fans accepted him so far?
A: They’re wonderful. They’re as excited as we are. It’s been
a great start for us.
Q: How exactly is it being married to an NFL superstar?
A: The way I look at it is that it’s a blessing. The way I
live my life is honestly a blessing. It’s a blessing from God to be able to
impact as many lives as we do on a daily basis. Even though we’re just human
too, people do look up to us. The one thing I love about him the most is that
he’s just a person. He believes that football is his job. He goes to work and
comes home. When he comes home he leaves the work at work. That really makes it
Q: What are his on-field goals here?
A: To win. The Giants are a great organization. They went to
the playoffs last year. We’re looking forward to a Super Bowl. I know he’s
looking forward to being part of something again, and of course he’s looking
forward to playing. He wants to get out there and play like he knows he can. The
past two years were really rough on him and a lot of his swagger was taken away
from him because he wasn’t able to play like he can. Here in New York he’s going
to be able to play like LaVar. He’ll fit into the new schemes and with his new
coaches and teammates. I think it’s going to be really great for him here.
Q: How easy or difficult a decision was it for you two to
come to New York?
A: I think overall it was the best decision. A lot of critics
said it took so long because he wanted the money. But honestly he took so long
because he wanted to make the best decision – not only for himself but for the
two of us and our families. At the end of the day, New York was the best
decision. And I’m really excited because I think it’s going to be a great fit.