To me they blown it way out of proportion,” the linebacker said on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show on Tuesday. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play
. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”
Orakpo also shared your frustration and amazement at the way all those crazy snap mistakes wound up in Romo’s arms, unless you’re a Cowboys fan, in which case you believe he’s uniquely skilled at scooping up bouncing balls.
“I mean, Romo got some type of lucky charm in his back pocket,” Orakpo said. “Because it seemed like every time the ball was on the floor, he was able to scoop it up, not fumbling one time, scoop it up and pick it up and try to at least make a play. Very unfortunate for us. I mean, I’m so disappointed in the outcome. We left a lot on the table. We could have easily won that game.
“D-Hall’s good,” Orakpo said. “We actually was talking about the game and stuff afterward on the plane. Everybody’s talking, just trying to get everybody’s head back straight. The only negative thing about being a professional athlete, when you lose the game, they stick a camera right in your face, right after you lose. And I mean, no holds barred after that.
“I mean, I don’t blame him,” Orakpo continued. “He’s angry, he’s upset, and all the sudden they’re asking you all kind of ridiculous questions, and you’re gonna say something that you wish you could take back. And he knows he wish he could take it back, but I don’t blame him. He’s already a hothead, so why would you put a camera in his face? They got what they deserved. I love playing with him. I’ve got his back, any day of the week; we’ve all got his back.”