12 Superstar Athletes Who Grew Up Here

These sports greats spent their formative years in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

Our area has given rise to plenty of famous folks, from politicians and pundits to movie stars and television celebs.  Oh, and did we mention world-class athletes? These sports powerhouses hit their stride here, too.

Our thanks to local historian Charlie Clark for sharing his research on local athletes for this story.

Charlie Garner. Photo by Michael Lucia, Mercury News.

Charlie Garner

As a student at J.E.B Stuart High School in Falls Church, Charlie Garner was a star athlete in more ways than one. He scored touchdowns, intercepted passes, sped down the track and racked up points on the basketball court. Hailing from Bailey’s Crossroads, Garner gained legendary status after an iconic 240-yard, four-touchdown performance against rival Washington-Lee in 1989.

After attending the University of Tennessee, Garner was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and went on to have a solid NFL career, making the Pro Bowl in 2000. Today, he is opening a catering business in the area.

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