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Orakpo's Rookie Hazing

I missed the rookie hazing of Kevin Barnes and Robert Henson, who were tied up to the goalposts following Monday evening's practice. I was sad. But then Brian Orakpo and J.D. Skolnitsky got tied up today, where they received ice water baths, Gatorade showers, and wet towel treatments. That made me happy.

"Albert's the main culprit," Orakpo told us. "If you all know Albert, he's the main culprit. He wants somebody got every day, so don't be surprised to see this tomorrow."

Busy schedule. I'd argue for two-a-days, but I'm not in charge. Apparently the DL rookies also have to fetch water for the veterans at meetings and pay fines for all sorts of violations, but this was worse.

"We basically was dying with cold water down our heads, like brain freeze," Orakpo said. "It felt good for the first five times, then it kept repeating and everybody started coming with different stuff and objects and then it started getting real cold."

London Fletcher and Cornelius Griffin and Haynesworth were the main instigators, but the defensive backs helped out, with Carlos Rogers devising the Gatorade cans lodged behind the players' heads. No, he didn't just accidentally drop the can there.

"That's from Carlos Rogers, so thank you for that," Orakpo said.

(The first-rounder hogged most of the interviews, while Skolnitsky was left in peace. "I don't really care to be interviewed," the latter said. "This isn't the most flattering position to be in.")

Orakpo pointed out that today's victims were taped much tighter than yesterday's, who were just "chillin." He said he could have run away before things started, since there had been chatter all afternoon about what was coming, but he was warned he'd be targeted every day if he tried to escape. And once the DB's got involved, "they faster than me, I couldn't run from them," Orakpo said.

"So it is what it is," he concluded, marking the first time I've heard that cliche from a man tied up to a goalpost.

As for the lessons learned from such hijinks?

"I learned that being a rookie sucks, that's the main thing," Orakpo said. "I got one season to go through, and next year the next guys will get it and I'll be first on board."

"If you're a rookie, you're a rookie," Skolnitsky added. "It's just part of the deal, I guess."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 18, 2009; 5:03 PM ET
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They should've tied them back to back together. That's even better.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 18, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Too bad, Orakpo that teared through Pro bowl left tackle Chris Samuels couldn't tear through paper tapes.

Posted by: abxinc | August 18, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Rookie linebacker Brian Orakpo, defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth, Cornelius Griffin, Kedric Golston and Lorenzo Alexander and defensive end Renaldo Wynn got the better of Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Chad Rinehart and Jeremy Bridges.

Offensive tackles Stephon Heyer and Mike Williams battled linebacker Chris Wilson and end Andre Carter to draws.

Posted by: abxinc | August 18, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

i hope arakpo stays a redskin, a very talented nice guy. i think one day he will at minimum be in the ring of fame

Posted by: tammanyhall2109 | August 18, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

who's this Skolnitsky guy? he looks...small

Posted by: Samuraise | August 18, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Gee... 2-a-day practices, rookies being tied up. All this, and STILL no points on the board. Maybe they should do 2-a-week practices, and throw a pajama party.

Maybe they'd score some points.

Posted by: join4free | August 19, 2009 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Hazing is dumb

Posted by: seancav9 | August 19, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

i hope arakpo stays a redskin, a very talented nice guy. i think one day he will at minimum be in the ring of fame

Posted by: tammanyhall2109 | August 18, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Barno1 | August 19, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Does that reporter got his shirt tucked in with highest shorts I have seen, Now thats classic,,,,

Posted by: tjzukoski | August 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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