For the third time in his NFL career, Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is going to the Pro Bowl.
The Redskins have confirmed that Orakpo, the team’s first-round pick in the 2009 draft, will get on a plane and head to Hawaii. He replaces the 49ers Ahmad Brooks on the roster.
In 2013 Orakpo posted 10 sacks, his first double-digit sack season since his rookie year. He also got his first career interception and touchdown. Those came on the same play, a 29-yard pick six against the Bears.
That was good enough to get him selected as an alternate. When Brooks withdrew, Orakpo got the call.
Orakpo was also selected in 2010 after originally being an alternate. He was picked for the all-star game as an original selection as a rookie in 2009.
The 2011 season is the only one where Orakpo played the whole year and didn’t get a Pro Bowl nod. In 2012 he missed the last 14 games of the year with a torn pectoral muscle.
Orakpo joins teammates Trent Williams and Alfred Morris on the Pro Bowl roster.