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Brian Orakpo: RAK Tattoos, a Second Skins Stint

The Orakpos celebrate. (AP Photo)

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."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 27, 2009; 3:28 PM ET
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Ok, so that makes a total of four former Cowboy fans the Redskins drafted? Dan please take a poll of the new draftees?

Posted by: Jahswim | April 27, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wrong column, but found a place to post. We are so lucky to Jason Campell. I don't think we even deserve to have such a fine individual after giving him the business. I have always believed that given the opportunity, Jason will be a very good if not great quarterback. If I were the Redskin brass, I would be praying that if Jason has a great season, that he doesn't remember the slight by the owner and stays a Redskin for many years to come.

Posted by: coastallp74 | April 27, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo told FanHouse that it* he wasn't going to be a pro football player, he'd be a voice-over specialist.

*it should be IF

Feel free to delete this comment.

Posted by: sitruc | April 27, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

It clearly states that he was an Oilers fan and not a Cowboys fan, Jahswim.

Posted by: brian71490 | April 27, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Wale is of Nigerian descent too...I imagine we'll see them teaming up on something soon. Bare minimum this dudes gonna get his name in many a rhyme: "sack foes like Orakpo," etc., etc.

Posted by: MoMonroe | April 27, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

As Doc Walker has been saying for a few years, the Redskins didn't have enough pit bulls on their team.

Now they have added two in Orakpo and Haynesworth.

If the Redskins can ever work out the safety position to allow Landry to move back to SS, this run defense with Haynesworth and the speed of Orakpo to the outside with Fletcher in the middle could be sick.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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