So got to spend a little time with our own Adrian Arrington tonight at my cousin's wedding. My cousin was starting OL on Cedar Rapids Washington's 2004 state runner-up where of course Adrian was WR1. He was remarkably kind and chatty; he was probably pretending when he said he remembered me, though I wasn't pretending when I remembered his 80-yard TD in the first quarter of the 4A Iowa state championship. (To say nothing of the 16 TD he scored in maize & blue!)
Long story short; since leaving pro football (remember, he had tons of injuries, starting with that KR sophomore year) he returned to his home town and had tried his hand at several different things--but when HC Marvin McNutt reached out to him, he became the OC for the Cedar Rapids Titans, a team in the Indoor Football League, an 8-man league. He described it as a lot of fun (seems like the perfect air-it-out league for a WR HC and a WR OC) but not his full-time job as he seeks to provide for his son.
He expressed wistfulness over Erik Campbell (his old WR coach who got a raw deal at Iowa) and excitement over Harbaugh, saying that we really needed somene who could connect with top recruits.
(Which is, of course, similar to what we say, but it seems much different to hear it from a former top recruit himself.)
And by way of a final note about what a great guy he was, and is: I come from an ND family, and though he wasn't all-that-seriously considering the Irish back in the day, he took my two uncles with him on his recruiting trip so they could get the full Irish experience.
Here's to Michigan Men, for four years, for forty years, for forever. Hail Harbaugh!