FanPost

Derek Wake

Lavar Arrington Predicts Big Success For Dolphins’ Pass Rusher

Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 29, 2009, 8:56 p.m.

Now that he’s retired from the NFL, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington stays busy with the restaurants he owns and by offering advice to fellow Penn State football alums.

And Arrington has kept a close eye on Buffalo Bills newly-minted first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin as well as former CFL star Cameron Wake, who is playing under a four-year, $5 million contract with the Miami Dolphins, according to Tim Graham of ESPN.com.

Wake, who recorded 31 sacks during two seasons north of the border with the British-Columbia Lions, emerged as a top pass rusher in the CFL after going undrafted and biding his time initially with banking and working as a personal trainer.

Now, Wake is primed for a pass-rushing role with the Dolphins.

“That’s a heck of a story,” Arrington told ESPN.com. “He’s like Cinderella Man. That’s one of those stories where you’ve got to say, ‘Man, if you don’t believe that dreams can come true, then he’s one of those you have to look at.’

“He has to say, ‘If I didn’t go that extra mile, if I didn’t work a little bit harder, I actually cheated myself out of possibly realizing my dream.’ That personifies what he represents.”

So, why wasn’t Wake, who was known at Penn State as Derek Wake, an NFL draft pick?

According to Arrington, Wake’s work ethic didn’t match his vast physical ability. And that combination predictably landed him in Joe Paterno’s doghouse.

“He went there and was athletic as all get-out,” Arrington said. “There never was a question about his athletic ability. It was a question about his desire and his intensity.

“What happened from that time when he left Penn State to when he started playing in Canada, I don’t know. But it wasn’t the same man. It’s not the same guy. That’s pretty awesome that he’s getting an opportunity to play in the NFL after all that.”

You created a Fanpost! Any content from a premium site that requires a subscription will be deleted once we catch wind of it. If you simply want to share a link, quote, or video, please consider using Fanshots instead. Thanks.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Shoe Diaries

You must be a member of Black Shoe Diaries to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Shoe Diaries. You should read them.

Join Black Shoe Diaries

You must be a member of Black Shoe Diaries to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Shoe Diaries. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker