Hulk alert: Redskins' S Atogwe loves his comics

    2011-09-29 17:51

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - The move from the St. Louis Rams to the Washington Redskins has brought some new additions to Oshiomogho Atogwe's Incredible Hulk collection.

Along with the dozen or so green Hulk figurines that take up much of the shelf space in Atogwe's locker, there's also a drawing made by Atogwe's wife, Jill. It depicts the veteran safety as the notorious comic book and movie character fending off symbols of all three of the Redskins' NFC East rivals - pushing over a cowboy dressed in blue, stomping on a giant with ``NY'' dog tags and clutching an eagle in his left hand.

There's also an unusual red version of the Hulk sitting in the next locker over, the one that belongs to fellow safety LaRon Landry.

``That's him,'' said Atogwe, nodding toward Landry. ``The Red Hulk's craaazy. Craaaaaaaaazy.''

Atogwe and Landry are the backside of the Redskins secondary, the ying-and-yang duo meant to improve a defense that ranked 31st last year. The pairing got off to a slow start because of injuries to both during training camp, and Sunday's game at St. Louis - when Atogwe returns to the city where he played for six seasons - will mark just their second game together.

``They're two different-type guys,'' defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. ``One's kind of high-strung. One's level-headed, relaxed. But they work together well. They talk. They sit together in meetings, They talk through plays. I think it's a good mixture.''

In case there's any doubt, Atogwe is the level-headed half, acquired as a free agent in a five-year, $26 million deal signed just before the NFL lockout began in March. Sitting at his locker, he's as calm as the mild-mannered Dr. David Banner, the scientist who transforms into the Hulk.

``I guess that's why I was attracted to it,'' Atogwe said. ``There's two sides to the Hulk. Every football player has two sides to him - the way you are on the field, the way you are off the field. You ain't the same guy.''

Landry, of course, being the exception.

``This guy,'' said Atogwe, again looking at Landry, ``is crazy all the time.''

Atogwe became a fan of the Hulk as a youngster, and his comic books collection runs into the thousands. He'll happily give you a quick review of the recent Hulk movies, but he dropped a 1980s TV reference by saying: ``When you think of the Hulk, you think of Lou Ferrigno.''

For most of his time in St. Louis, Atogwe was a bright spot on a bad team. He was the Rams' MVP in 2009 and considered a solid locker-room leader. Before he left, he gave out parting gifts derived from comic books - cornerback Justin King got the Nightcrawler, cornerback Bradley Fletcher received the Juggernaut.

``O.J. put everything into comic books,'' said King, using the nickname Atogwe prefers to be used only by his friends. ``He was fun that way.''

Atogwe said he's looking forward to Sunday's game, but that there's no bad blood with his old team. It wouldn't be his style to say so anyway.

``He's very smart,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``He likes to play and he's very accountable. He's a team leader both on and off the football field. You like people that prepare themselves every week and he's one of those guys.''

Notes: Three players were limited in practice Thursday, and each has a hamstring injury: WR Anthony Armstrong, S DeJon Gomes and FB Darrel Young. ... Rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan was selected as the NFL defensive rookie of the month for September. The first-round pick's highlight was the interception he returned for the go-ahead touchdown in Week 1 against the New York Giants.


AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report.


Joseph White can be reached at http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Steve JohnsonOct 12 07:12p

The San Diego Chargers have declared CB Craig Mager, DL Darius Philon, RB Donald Brown, OT King Dunlap, OG Orlando Franklin, WR Stevie Johnson, LB Tourek Williams inactive for Week 5.

B. RoethlisbergerOct 12 07:12p

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared LB Anthony Chickillo, QB Ben Roethlisberger, OG Chris Hubbard, CB Cortez Allen, DL Daniel McCullers, TE Jesse James, LB Ryan Shazier inactive for Week 5.

Blake BortlesOct 12 03:22p

Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' (shoulder) sprained his throwing shoulder Sunday, Oct. 11, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is uncertain if Bortles will be able [ More ]

Josh McCownOct 12 03:12p

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ankle) suffered an ankle sprain in a Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He is hopeful he'll be able [ More ]

Marques ColstonOct 12 03:02p

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (shoulder) has at least a separated shoulder and could have some structural damage in the shoulder, according to a source. Colston suffered the [ More ]

Antone SmithOct 12 03:02p

Free-agent RB Antone Smith (Falcons) signed with the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 12. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Jacquizz RodgersOct 12 02:52p

Chicago Bears RB Jacquizz Rodgers (arm) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct.12, because of a fractured arm.

Dwight FreeneyOct 12 02:32p

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Chargers) signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 12, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Odell Beckham Jr.Oct 12 02:22p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the team hopes he will be able to practice on at least a limited [ More ]

Marshawn LynchOct 12 02:02p

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) should be able to play in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers if he doesn't suffer any setbacks this week, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Blake BortlesOct 12 02:02p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) likely will not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14, but that should not indicate his status for the Week 6 game against the [ More ]

Blake BortlesOct 12 01:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) suffered a Grade 1 shoulder sprain during the team's Week 5 game and his status will be updated later in the week, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

Charcandrick WestOct 12 12:52p

Kansas City Chiefs RBs Charcandrick West and Knile Davis both expect to split carries with RB Jamaal Charles (knee) expected to miss the rest of the season, and head [ More ]

Andrew LuckOct 12 12:52p

Indianapolis Colts QBs Andrew Luck (shoulder) and Matt Hasselbeck (illness) both practiced in full Monday, Oct. 12, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Luck missed the last two weeks [ More ]

Matthew StaffordOct 12 11:22a

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will remain the starting quarterback, despite being benched in Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 11.

Josh JohnsonOct 12 11:12a

Indianapolis Colts QB Josh Johnson was released Monday, Oct. 12.

Dez BryantOct 12 10:22a

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) had bone marrow stem cells removed from his hip and injected into his ankle last week to help improve the healing process. The [ More ]

Matt CasselOct 12 02:02a

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel could get a chance in Week 7 after the team's bye, as head coach Jason Garrett said Sunday, Oct. 11, he will evaluate a [ More ]

Brandon WeedenOct 12 02:02a

Dallas Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden could be out as the team's starting quarterback, as head coach Jason Garrett said Sunday, Oct. 11, that he will evaluate a quarterback change during the team's bye week.

Matt JonesOct 12 02:02a

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (toe) suffered a sprained big toe in the Week 5 overtime loss against the Atlanta Falcons.

Josh McCownOct 12 01:52a

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He was limping in the locker room after the game [ More ]

Shane VereenOct 12 01:22a

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen carried five times for 24 yards in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he added eight receptions for 86 yards with a touchdown.

Eli ManningOct 12 01:22a

New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 41 of a career-high 54 pass attempts for 441 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Odell Beckham Jr.Oct 12 01:22a

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) returned for the team's final drive in the fourth quarter in Week 5 against the San Francisco [ More ]

Anquan BoldinOct 12 01:12a

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin reeled in eight receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants. He was targeted a game-high 12 times.

Carlos HydeOct 12 01:12a

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (leg) carried 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants.

Colin KaepernickOct 12 01:12a

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick completed 23 of his 35 pass attempts for 262 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 5 game against the New [ More ]

Andre WilliamsOct 12 01:12a

New York Giants RB Andre Williams carried three times for zero yards in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he had no receptions or targets.

Dion LewisOct 11 11:52p

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis was on the field for 43 snaps against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, finishing with six carries for 34 yards and eight [ More ]

Darren McFaddenOct 11 11:42p

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden had a team-high nine catches for 62 yards and five carries for 16 yards in a 30-6 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 5.

Jamison CrowderOct 11 11:32p

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder posted eight receptions for 87 yards in the Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, cashing in all eight of his targets.

Emmanuel SandersOct 11 11:32p

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had nine catches for 111 yards in a 16-10 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 5.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
Player Notes:
Forum Posts:

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group