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Brian Orakpo Freezes Out Jamaal Charles

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 5, 2013 – 1:04 pm


Starting Sunday night, Brian Orakpo put a moratorium on the good ol’ days.

In the offseason, the dynamic pass rusher resides in Austin, Texas, and works out with his fellow University of Texas alumni Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson.

Right now he won’t speak to the Pro Bowlers from Chiefs. 

“I haven’t talked to those guys this week, obviously, because we’re rivals right now,” Orakpo said.

“I know once the game comes, they’re gonna strap up be ready to go, I’m gonna be ready to go. And then once the game’s over, it’s gonna be all love.”

Orakpo and Charles were both freshmen contributors to the 2005-06 Longhorns squad that beat USC in the Rose Bowl to capture a BCS National Championship. The linebacker said he’s been talking trash to Charles since the summer, but he’ll maintain his silence until Sunday.

The Redskins home game against the Chiefs will reignite a rivalry that dates back to high school. Orakpo said his Lamar Redskins took on Charles and Port Arthur Memorial in a preseason high school football game during his junior year.

“Fast as hell,” Orakpo said of Charles in high school. “He was the same guy. He just didn’t have dreads.”

‘I play with a lot of confidence’

After tallying three sacks through the first eight games of the season, Orakpo has ratcheted up his total with 4.5 sacks in the past four weeks.

He said he didn’t lose faith in himself while he shook off the rust from a season-ending pectoral injury in 2012.

“I don’t have low points,” Orakpo said.

“I just continue to play my game. I’m never a guy that gets on myself that much. I play with a lot of confidence. Even though I had small sack numbers early on, I still came in here like I’m the best pass rusher in the league, so that’s how you gotta treat it.”

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