Teammates call LaRon Landry "Iron Man"
It's gotten to the point in the Redskins press room where no one even uses LaRon Landry's name anymore. The scribes all call him "Dirty 30." Or maybe just "30." Or maybe just "Dirty."
Now, the Redskins have a clear nickname deficiency since Fred Smoot left. I asked Ryan Torain what his teammates call him. He said the most popular nicknames are "46," "Ryan," and "T," none of which is even remotely interesting. In high school, he said, fans would call him "Choo Choo Torain," which is at least something. "It's not my decision," he said. (Though he said he likes "ATV," as in "All Torain Vehicle," but does not like "Gravy Torain," for the record.)
Anyhow, it turns out that Landry
Orakpo has more than one internal nickname. Via Brian Orakpo's appearance on the Scott Van Pelt show this week:
"We call him Dirty 30, 'cause this guy is a beast out there," Orakpo said. "He's cool off the field, but on the field, this guy's a man on a mission. We call him Iron Man as well, because as you can see, he's built like Iron Man, and he's out there hitting everybody. Regardless of it's our own player or the opposing player, he's hitting anything. And that's a guy that really plays hard, is playing at a real high level, Pro Bowl-type level right now. And this is a defense that really fits his athleticism out there, so he doesn't really have to think, he can just go out there and play football."
Then Van Pelt asked what others say about Orakpo, and the subject of friendly fire again reared its bruise-rendering head.
"DeAngelo Hall, our teammate, was like whenever somebody's holding the guy up on the tackle, you've got to make sure you're kind of getting out of the way," Orakpo said. "Because LaRon's gonna come take out whoever. It doesn't matter who it is. You're always getting friendly fire from Dirty 30 out there. But it's a good thing. As long as he keeps producing, we'll take the bumps and bruises from him, no problem."
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