Brian Orakpo: RAK Tattoos, a Second Skins Stint
So, Brian Orakpo. While waiting for The Junkies to come through on their promise of Orakpwned t-shirts, here are some quick notes from a tour through the archives.
* This will be the second time he's played for the Redskins, according to the Austin American-Statesmen. "Coincidentally, before Orakpo made his name as one of the top defensive linemen in Longhorn history," the paper wrote, "he was a Redskin, playing for Houston's Lamar High School."
* Teammates at Texas called him "B-Rak" or "Rak." Yes, he has a RAK tattoo on his arm. Other teammates called him "O-Sack-Po," which isn't a very good name.
* He uses boxing as an offseason conditioning drill, once telling the AP that "When I first started I didn't know how hard boxing was. Street fighting and boxing are two different things."
* As every reporter who ever wrote a word about him noted, he's fond of saying his playing style is "too fast for your eyes."
* New Redskin Chase Daniel on Orakpo: "He's a freak. That's all you can say."
* He grew up wanting to be a basketball player and idolizing Hakeem Olajuwon, also of Nigerian descent. Doctors told him he would grow to be 6-8, but then he stopped growing. "It didn't take Orakpo long to notice there weren't many 6-foot-4 power forwards in the NBA, so he dedicated himself to football and the weight room," the Arizona Republic reported.
* He grew up in Houston as an Oilers fan, but his uncle Chuka Orakpo is a long-time Dallas Cowboys fan, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"I wish he'd gone to the Dallas Cowboys," Chuka told the paper. "It is hard, but I've switched my allegiance."
* From the WaTi: Asked what he was going to buy first with his multi-million dollar signing bonus, the 6-4, 260-pound Orakpo said, "I'm going to buy me a large bed."
* Orakpo told FanHouse that
it if he wasn't going to be a pro football player, he'd be a voice-over specialist.
* "I didn't even realize he was a defensive end as a freshman," Texans defensive tackle Frank Okam and former Longhorns teammate told the Houston Chronicle. "He looked more like a defensive back. But then he grew into a monster."
"He's a beast," Texas cornerback Ryan Palmer told the Lubbock paper. "We always harass him about how big and strong he is. He's a great player. He has a lot of speed and power that people don't think that he has. He's surprised a lot of tackles when he comes off the ball with his strength. I'm glad to have him on my team."
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