Brian Orakpo On Pronunciation Of His Last Name

Brian Orakpo, who led his family when his parents were removed, believes he can lead the Redskins

He was pretty much: Hey guys, were going to have to depend on each other right now, Mike Orakpo said of his older brother, Brian Orakpo (98).

But the schedule is what it is, and weve just got to deal with it. But we would love to get a bye week in week 10 news or so, when we really need it. Via the Raiders Web site, heres Charles Woodson on RGIII : Hes a little different than last year. I think the brace is probably a little cumbersome for him so hes probably not as mobile or as fast as he was without it, but they made enough plays during the game to come out with a win. CAR OF THE DAY I saw this car in a Germantown shopping center over the weekend. Im guessing the owner is from Maryland.

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His parents, Gloria and Arthur, left Nigeria as a young couple, eager to begin a new life in the United States. Settling in Houston, where family had moved before them, they put themselves through school with minimum-wage jobs and later opened an African grocery and started a family. Brian said Arthur took pride in his work, and more than that, he was proud of what his growing business would mean to his children: They would never struggle as their parents had. I saw the joy, Brian would say later, in building something from scratch. The family visited Nigeria, seeing what the parents had left, and when Brian reached eighth grade, his parents words broke through. This elicited what he would call a makeover. He cut off several bad influences and began focusing on school. I just knew what I wanted to do, he said.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 5 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama Brian Orakpo: Defensive Player of the Year is ‘very obtainable’ Jim Corbett, USA TODAY Sports 4:46 p.m. EDT June 6, 2013 Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo had 28.5 sacks over his first three NFL seasons. (Photo: Howard Smith, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Linebacker Brian Orakpo’s 2012 season ended with a Week 2 pectoral muscle tear He’s back, with his eyes on Defensive Player of the Year and a long-term contract Orakpo, who rookie deal ends after this season, says he wants to be a “Redskin for life” SHARE 41 CONNECT 8 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE ASHBURN, Va.

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This was on Orakpos mind on this late Tuesday morning, and if the past is an indicator, maybe hes the one to carry the Redskins struggling defense toward better days. Orakpo drove toward Reston, where he would sign autographs at a grocery store, and on the way he told a story he almost never shares. Many teammates have never heard it, and few strangers know this chapter of Orakpos life. It made me a stronger person, he said of his experience. Years ago, when Orakpo was a star defender at the University of Texas, his parents found themselves in legal trouble. They were immigrants who had owned several businesses in the Houston area, and mistakes were made; Orakpo said poor alliances had been formed.

Brian Orakpo, who led his family when his parents were removed, believes he can lead the Redskins

There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be out there this year shooting for Defensive Player of the Year.” The important thing is that Orakpo’s out there. He hurt the same left pectoral at the end of the 2011 season, although in a slightly different area. Last year, once Orakpo went down, the Redskins found out they had quite the playmaker in reserve outside linebacker Rob Jackson , who came off the bench to start 14 games, turning in 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown. But in March the NFL suspended Jackson for the first four games of this season after he tested positive for a banned substance, underlining all the more how much the Redskins need Orakapo back in the lineup and producing. “He’s what you call a difference-maker,” veteran Washington inside linebacker London Fletcher said of Orakpo. “He can make some of the other players better, where you’re able to pressure the quarterback, get sacks on the quarterback.

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We needed a W and I thought the defensive line really got after it and really got to the quarterback and changed [the] game. He and Kerrigan have now combined for eight sacks. But before you start expecting him to incorporate a musical number into his hulking, vein-showing, biceps pulsing celebratory dance, he said theres still plenty left for the two to accomplish. This could be very special, he said. Im not going to toot a horn but this could be very special as far as what we can accomplish once we get downs, have a lead [and] teams have to pass the ball not quick timing us like they had the previous three games. The twosome werent the only ones to rattle Flynns cage though. In 114 career games before Sunday, Barry Cofields career-high in sacks was 1.5. He topped that on Sunday with two. With his handed freed from globs of medical tape and padding, Cofield accomplished the first of two goals.

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