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Tuesday, June 23: Brian Orakpo, Fashion Maven

Posted by Matt Terl on June 23, 2009 – 5:21 pm

Most of the times that I’ve seen first-round draft pick Brian Orakpo, he’s been dressed waaaayyyyy on the casual side of casual. Sure, that’s because I usually see him when he’s either on his way in to work out or on his way home after working out, but still: he’s pretty much a casual dude.

“I’m not a real trendy guy,” he told me. “You know, you kinda see me doing the same thing year after year. I do my own thing. I like the slim fit shirts and jeans, nice black and white shoes. That’s the type of guy that I am, and I’ve been like that for awhile.” And, sure enough, he was wearing black shorts and a black T-shirt as he explained this.

Which just made it all the more unusual that we were on our way to the Donovan House hotel in downtown D.C. so that Orakpo could do a fashion shoot at the rooftop pool for Washington Life magazine.

So I had to ask him if he had ever done a photo shoot before.

“Not too much,” he said. “I did some back in college, but obviously those were football related. You know, shoulder pads and stuff like that, put ’em on magazines and stuff. I’m not sure what I’m going to be wearing at this one. I’m just gonna go up there, be surprised, have fun with it.”

Also scheduled to be at the shoot were Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals and Santino Quaranta of DC United, which made me wonder if Orakpo had noticed the community of pro athletes that’s sort of formed around the DC teams, with Redskins at Caps games and Alex Ovechkin and Brendan Haywood on the FedExField sidelines and so on.

“I sense it, yeah,” he said. “I talked to Cooley, and he said that’s what all the guys do. They do what they like doing, they’re kinda supporting each of the other teams around the so-called tri-state. I get a sense of that and I want to be a part of that tradition as well.” Read more »

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