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Nate Orchard was ready to give up. After becoming Redskins' unlikely hero, he wants to be more.; After nine tryouts in 11 weeks, Orchard, who compares his upbringing to "The Blind Side," had a dream performance in his Redskins debut.

Dec 05, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

By the time the Orchard family hung a Christmas wreath on the front door of their red-brick home in Salt Lake City, Nate had considered giving up. The 26-year-old felt as if he was in the best shape of his life - he had recorded four sacks this preseason and recently run his fastest 40-yard dash (4.7 seconds) - yet he had struggled to find a team after the Miami Dolphins cut him before the start of the season.

The outside linebacker had gotten tryouts - nine in 11 weeks - but never a contr...