Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo’s 2012 season came to an end when he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week Two. But Orakpo says he’ll be back and better than ever in 2013.
“Defensive Player of the Year is a goal of mine,” Orakpo told USA Today. “I worked extremely hard this offseason and Defensive Player of the Year is very obtainable.”
Orakpo also said he thinks he and teammate Robert Griffin III could split the Comeback Player of the Year award.
“If we can both get Comeback Player of the Year honors, that would be remarkable, that would mean we did something special as a team,” Orakpo said. “Me and Griff worked extremely hard to not let our fans and this team down, because we know how much they rely on both of us. If we come back at full strength like I know we both will, we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with.”
When healthy, Orakpo is a pass rusher to be reckoned with. Although he’d have to come back better than ever to be the best defensive player in the NFL.