FOXBORO, Mass. — It's giving season for Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, who has compiled a nice collection of footballs as the NFL's interception leader.
Arrington picked off his sixth and seventh passes Monday night against the Chiefs to increase his lead over Charles Woodson, Eric Weddle and Carlos Rogers, who all have five picks. After Arrington's first interception against Kansas City, he ran behind the Patriots' bench and gave the ball to Richard Kopelman, his agent who flew to the game from Atlanta.
Arrington, who picked off one pass last season, keeps every ball he intercepts, and he has given most of them to his mother. He has also given one to his fiancée, and he's got his own collection, too.
Arrington is also in the running to make the Pro Bowl, and his two picks on national television might have improved his stock this week.
"I'm not going to lie and say I haven't [thought about the Pro Bowl]," Arrington said. "It would be nice to go to Hawaii, but Indianapolis would be a whole lot nicer this time of year."
Of course, the Super Bowl is the premier destination, but the Pro Bowl nod would be a huge symbol of how far Arrington has come in the last year and a half. He emerged as a special teamer for the Patriots late in the 2009 season and started with that role in 2010 before replacing Darius Butler as the starting cornerback in Week 3.
Since, Arrington has become a very reliable player in the Patriots' secondary, and he's probably been their most improved defensive player over that time span.
"It's definitely a blessing," Arrington said. "I put a lot of hard work into these past 18 months, but by no means am I satisfied, or where I want to be or think I should be. Just continue to work each and every day, try to improve and get better from here."
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