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Charles Mann works with Brian Orakpo

By Dan Steinberg

(From the AP Archives)


On the day Brian Orakpo was first introduced at Redskins Park, he referred to the careers of Skins defensive ends Charles Mann and Dexter Manley. Via the Washington Times, from when it had a sports section:

Although he is too young to recall watching Manley and Mann play, the 23-year-old Orakpo said he learned about them because the nickname of his alma mater, Lamar High School in Houston, is the Redskins. He made sure to mention that he never was a Dallas Cowboys fan.

"I went from a Redskin to a Longhorn back to a Redskin," he said. "My high school coach told me, once you're a Redskin, you're always a Redskin."

And within the past month, Orakpo got to tap into those legacies a bit more. Mann accompanied the team to Chicago, and Orakpo said on Wednesday that he got some alumni tutoring before facing the Bears.

"Met him at the Chicago game, he was able to show me some tips here and there," Orakpo said. "I got two sacks, so obviously it helped. I was able to use it and translate that to the field. Like I said, I'm a guy open to always trying to get better, always trying to get that edge on other people, so that's what I do."

I asked yet again whether Orakpo remembers those glory Redskins days, and he said yet again that no, he's not a geezer.

"No, hell no, man, c'mon," he said. "Nah. I just watched film. I'm way too young. I'm only 24."

(Manley left the Skins when Orakpo was 3. Mann was here until he was about 7. So it's not really impossible.)

Mike Jones from TBD still asked Orakpo what it meant to be working with a past Redskins star.

"It's a huge honor," he said. "I knew hew as a legend out here with the Washington Redskins, with all the sacks and pressures and big plays he's been doing throughout this organization. It's great to take advice from guys like him. I talked to Bruce Smith the other day, [too]. All these great guys that have been a part of this game, been a part of this organization especially, to kind of help tweak my game, help me progress as a premiere pass rusher in this league."

Jones also asked Orakpo the question of the year, about dealing with grabby hands on offensive lines.

"It's been consistent, being held every game, but I can't worry about it, because they're gonna hold me," he said. "They're gonna hold me. That's what they've been accustomed to doing all season. I've just got to keep going, man, keep getting pressure, keep getting these sacks, and let my game speak for itself. I've just got to not really worry about it."

By Dan Steinberg  | November 10, 2010; 2:04 PM ET
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Comments

Great story. Just reading the title was enough to warm the cockles of this old Redskin heart.

Manley and Mann lined up on opposite sides! Great days.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | November 10, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Great story. Just reading the title was enough to warm the cockles of this old Redskin heart.

Manley and Mann lined up on opposite sides! Great days.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | November 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Great story. Just reading the title was enough to warm the cockles of this old Redskin heart.

Manley and Mann lined up on opposite sides! Great days.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | November 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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