Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo began Monday – the final day for fan voting for the Pro Bowl – in third place among players at his position. Final results, which will include the votes of players and coaches, will be announced next Tuesday.
But Orakpo – who already has made the Pro Bowl twice and this season is the only Redskin among the top five in votes at any position -- says he’d rather have a shot at the playoffs instead.
“I [couldn’t] care less, man,” Orakpo said bluntly about the Pro Bowl voting. “In all honesty, I love that the fans and players and coaches respect the way I play. But I want to go to the post-season so bad, man.”
Orakpo and the Redskins have been eliminated from playoff contention again, so the linebacker has yet to experience the post-season in his NFL career. The satisfaction of reaching the Pro Bowl – if he were to receive a selection – would be greatly diminished.
“I’ve been there, done that with the Pro Bowls,” said Orakpo, who this season ranks fourth among NFC linebackers with seven sacks. “If I go, honestly, I’ll represent my Redskins team to the fullest. But I want to play in the post-season so bad. All of us do.”
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