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J.J. Arrington has been a running back for the Arizona Cardinals from 2005, who also played for the California Golden Bears in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He is famous for his epic 2004 season, where he amassed over 2,018 yards, the second most in Pac-10 history behind Marcus Allen.[1]. He would be overlooked for most major awards though, and would only be selected with the fifteenth pick in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Junior College CareerEdit

Arrington would start his college career at the JC College of the Canyons. As a sophomore he rushed for 19 touchdowns and 769 yards, and his 29 career scores over his two year period there was a school record.[2] Despite being only a two star recruit, the California Golden Bears would pick him up and he would make his way onto the depth chart behind 2003 starter Adimchinobe Echemandu.

California Golden BearsEdit

2003 seasonEdit

Injury would limit Arrington's production in 2003. He would rush for 600 yards on 107 carries.[3]

2004 seasonEdit

J.J. Arrington would have a remarkable 2004 campaign, rushing over 100 yards in every game. Against Air Force he would scamper on the longest run in Cal history (89 yards). He amassed 205 yards versus UCLA and was over 120 versus Arizona, ASU, Oregon, and Stanford.

Arrington would cap off his season with an otherworldly 31 carry, 261 yard performance in a rainy makeup game against Southern Mississippi, helping to prevent an upset and keeping Cal's fading Rose Bowl hopes alive.[4]


Arizona CardinalsEdit

2008 seasonEdit

Arrington has spent much of his pro career in Arizona backing up Edgerrin James, and has mainly assisted on punt and kickoff returns. He did have his moments during the Cardinals improbable 2009 run to the Super Bowl.


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