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Orakpo Meets A Kid Tougher Than He Is

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 16, 2012 – 1:50 pm

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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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4 Responses to “Orakpo Meets A Kid Tougher Than He Is”

  1. By Patrick on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Atta boy Orakpo! I am sure you made a memorable moment in lfe for that young man. A Great man off the field and a BEAST on the field!

  2. By poppyshoes on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bravo Orakpo! Well done indeed. Love to hear stories such as these. Continued success in everything you do. Stay humble! HTTR!


  3. By snyper94z28 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    WHY??? do you guys leave post for a player?? they NEVER come on here, they will never see it. nobody will relay that a fan left a nice comment for you, you should go read it. leaving comments to a player for him to read is weird. leaving a message for other bloggers to read makes sense.
    i will never understand why people leave comments like this.

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply


    While, in general, I would agree with your sentiment, a lot of players do read the blog. I don’t think any coaches do, but even worthy comments to coaches are passed along through appropriate channels. Have no fear, a lot more important eyes see these posts than you would think 🙂

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