Rookie, Orakpo Selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl!

The National Football League announced today that the Washington Redskins’ Brian Orakpo has been selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl as an outside linebacker.

The game will be played in South Florida on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.

[Orakpo (#98) lines up in front of London Fletcher (#59) during Sunday's game against Dallas]
“This is a tremendous honor and a wonderful surprise,” Orakpo said. “I never really look at individual awards because I am a team-oriented guy. I just want to thank my coaches and teammates for their support and guidance throughout the year. I share this honor with them and I am excited to represent the Washington Redskins at the Pro Bowl.”
London Fletcher (the self-proclaimed Susan Lucci of the Pro Bowl) is still looking for his first nod.

In a conference call this evening, Orakpo had this to say this about his teammate...
"Fletcher has done so much for me... If I could give my spot up I'll do that without a heartbeat. He deserves it just as much as me, if not more."
Orakpo also credited Andre Carter for helping him with his plays his first year as a Washington Redskin.

Orakpo, the team’s first-round selection (No. 13 overall) in this past May’s draft, is the first Redskins defensive rookie to make the Pro Bowl since the 1970 merger.

He is only the second Redskins rookie to be chosen, joining Tony Green, who was honored as a kick returner following the 1978 season.

Earlier this month Orakpo, who registered four sacks for 44 yards lost, six tackles, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Redskins’ 34-13 win at Oakland.

The future looks bright for Mr. Orakpo.

Keep up the good work!

See who else got the Pro Bowl nod.
Lucky 8s For Minnesota

Roster Moves At The Park
Redskins place safety Reed Doughty and guard/tackle Mike Williams on Injured Reserve, sign running back P.J. Hill and cornerback Marcus McCauley.

PJ Hill Bio: Released from the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. He entered the NFL as a college free agent with the New Orleans Saints on May 4, 2009 and spent the first seven weeks of the season on the Saints’ practice squad before being signed to the Eagles' 53-man roster on Oct. 28, where he was declared inactive for the past six games. Hill was active against the New York Giants on Nov. 1, but did not play. He was subsequently released on Dec. 15, but was re-signed to the Eagles practice squad the following day (Dec. 16). He will wear jersey No. 24.

McCauley Bio: The 6-0, 203 has played with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings through 27 career games, 10 of which are starts. He played in a career-best 16 games, with nine starts, as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, where he posted career highs in tackles (64) and passes defensed (8). Through his three NFL season, McCauley has compiled 70 tackles and eight passes defensed. Following his stint with the Vikings, he played in one game with the Detroit Lions in 2009, and also was on the rosters of the both the Buccaneers and Saints, but did not see action. The former-third round pick (72nd overall) originally entered the NFL in 2007 with the Vikings after playing collegiately for four years at Fresno State. He is from Rancho Cordova, Calif., and was born Sept. 3, 1983. McCauley will wear jersey No. 40.