Washington Redskins’ linebacker and University of Texas alum Brian Orakpo (pictured in this article planting Jon Kitna in the turf at Cowboys Stadium) will rank among the Dallas Cowboys most venerable foes whenever football returns, but for now, he actually considers the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware a good friend.
Orakpo recently told the Washington Post that he often talks to Ware, as well as the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora, during the offseason, a practice that allows for improvement for each of the three already-highly-touted pass rushers.
“Osi is a good friend of mine and tells me stuff to work on,” Orakpo said. “DeMarcus is a good friend and he gives me little things to help me achieve and to help me get off the hands. I’m trying to engage with other guys and see what’s on their mind.”
Orakpo added that, beyond merely talking to Ware, he plans on working out with him this offseason. But, he is quick to remind the Post, the friendship hinges on the fact that it is the offseason.
“We plan on getting together and working in the offseason and working with each other,” Orakpo said, “showing each other skills and getting better as we work together. It’s funny to be good friends with rivals, but that’s what happens in the offseason. Everyone respects each other’s game. As soon as I came in they showed me so much love for what I bring to the game. You always pick up stuff. You’re like a sponge; you’re always trying to soak up information.”
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