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So, uh, who is Nate Orchard? Here are 3 things to know about the Redskins' Week 13 hero

So, uh, who is Nate Orchard? Here are 3 things to know about the Redskins' Week 13 hero

The only thing from Sunday more confusing than the performance of the Redskins' hands team on that late Panthers onside kick was the emergence of Nate Orchard.

Or, as most fans knew him as on Sunday, "That No. 54 guy." 

Orchard was signed by Washington on Wednesday and, because of Ryan Kerrigan's concussion, Montez Sweat's in-game injury and Ryan Anderson's ejection, he was forced to play key snaps.

And somehow, despite the fact that he probably still needs to use his Maps app to get to the Redskins' Ashburn facility and barely knew what plays the defense was running, he excelled on those key snaps.

Now, whether Orchard turns out to be a one-week wonder or someone who continues to chip in remains to be seen, but regardless, he was an enormous reason why the Burgundy and Gold took down Carolina. So, let's get to know him a little better with these three facts.

1) He's fought HARD for his chance with the Redskins

Are job interviews fun? Of course they're not. They're stressful, they require intense preparation and, when they don't go well, they're supremely disheartening. 

Well, as it turns out, Orchard has been through a ton of job interviews just this season:

Here's a player who was told "no thanks" 10 separate times before signing with Washington last week. That is a serious commitment to the sport and incredible resolve. No wonder he got so emotional with JP Finlay postgame.  

2) Many national fans already know him from Hard Knocks

Orchard was drafted by the Browns in 2015, and when Cleveland was featured on Hard Knocks in 2018, the pass rusher was one of the more featured players on the show.

Orchard's family life got some run on the program, which helped him become a favorite. However, he was ultimately cut by the Browns in the series finale that year, which is the kind of gut punch Hard Knocks has gotten really good at throughout its existence. 

Fortunately, he was the one delivering the gut punches in Week 13 at Bank of America Stadium. Your loss, Browns. Also, your loss, too, Panthers. 

3) He dominated in high school... on both sides of the ball

Look, it's no surprise that someone who ended up as a second-round NFL pick destroyed kids in high school. The thing with Orchard, though, is that he destroyed kids in high school on offense and defense.

While suiting up for Highland High School in Utah, Orchard racked up 17.5 sacks while also catching 58 passes for 1,300-plus yards and 17 scores.

17.5 sacks and 17 scores from one player? That's nasty. Hopefully you had him in your Utah High School Football Fantasy League that year.

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Winning a truck is DeAngelo Hall's fondest 2011 Pro Bowl memory

Winning a truck is DeAngelo Hall's fondest 2011 Pro Bowl memory

In the midst of the Pro Bowl being underway former Redskins’ defensive back DeAngelo Hall took a trip down memory lane. 

During Good Morning Football this week, the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP DeAngelo Hall said his favorite memory from the Pro Bowl wasn't exactly anything that happened on the football field.

You would think he would mention his impressive performance which included six tackles, an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown. 

But no. His highlight of the day was winning a truck for his MVP performance. 

“I told my buddies going into it I wanted to buy a truck so I said hey, if I win this MVP I don't need to buy a truck so I called the shot ladies and gentlemen I really did," he said. 

It must have been a really special prize because to this day, he said, he still owns the truck. 

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You have to see this video of Daron Payne buying his mom a house

You have to see this video of Daron Payne buying his mom a house

The Redskins drafted Daron Payne with the 13th overall pick in 2018, changing the big defensive lineman's life immediately. Making the NFL is a dream for many players, but going in the first round means even more. 

It means life-changing wealth, and for Payne, the ability to keep a promise to his mother. 

Not much needs to be added when a video tells the story, but it's worth noting some of the comments from Payne's Instagram page from other NFL players. 

Redskins DL Matt Ioannidis: "This is awesome! Congrats!"

Redskins DB Quinton Dunbar: "She was patient bro that’s everything ❤️"

Packers DE Preston Smith: "Bro that’s a blessing"

Redskins Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken: "Man this is what it’s all about! 👊🏾👊🏾🔥"

Saints SS D.J. Swearinger: "Yeeeessssirrrr!!!! #congratsfoolie!!! That’s what it’s all about!! Being That Rock & Provider For The Love one!! ✊🏾"

Not the last, but maybe the best was former Redskins DL Ziggy Hood: "My guy I told myself I'm not crying on a sat morning, ✊🏾"

Payne has been one of the Redskins best players since he was drafted. In two years he's logged seven sacks and 112 tackles as a force in the middle of the team's defensive line. 

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