Benching 31 repetitions at 225 pounds requires great physical strength and intensity. Getting held by offensive linemen while trying to make a play requires great mental strength and patience. Starting 47 games over the first three years of a career requires endurance and perseverance.
But beating cancer by the age of 8 requires a level of toughness that Orakpo can’t relate to. At least until he met Zane Mosby, a young man who was recently declared cancer free in his fight with leukemia.
Mosby, along with his parents Janet and William, met his favorite Redskins player at Ben’s Chili Bowl in D.C., and the CSN Washington camera crews were there to catch the encounter:
Said Orakpo of the experience:
“He’s a great young man, another kid with fighting spirit, dealing with leukemia at such a young age. He’s done a phenomenal job just being a rock for his family.”
And the star-struck Zane responded in kind:
“It was just…amazing, all-around. It’s just like…an awesome feeling.”
Well said, Zane. If only opposing quarterbacks felt the same way.
Orakpo will further honor the young man at his charity golf tournament on May 7th, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is the seventh year for the event, which was begun by Mark Brunell in 2006, and has raised nearly $1 million for National Capital Area Chapter of the Society.
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