Brian Orakpo aims to win DPOY

Updated: June 9, 2013, 10:53 AM ET
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Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is aiming high as he returns from an injury that ended his 2012 season before it really had a chance to get started.

"Defensive Player of the Year is a goal of mine," Orakpo told USA Today Sports "I worked extremely hard this offseason and Defensive Player of the Year is very obtainable."

Orakpo Defensive Player of the Year is a goal of mine. I worked extremely hard this offseason and Defensive Player of the Year is very obtainable."

-- Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo

Orakpo's season came to a quick end in 2012 when he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2.

A threat off the edge due to his speed, Orakpo has proven to be a force in the past, registering 11 sacks during his rookie season in 2009, 8½ in 2010 and nine in 2011.

In addition to his own goals, Orakpo said teammate Robert Griffin III, who is returning from reconstructive knee surgery, could split the Comeback Player of the Year award with him.

"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."