5 things to know about Nate Orchard

2. Top to bottom production

Orchard’s most successful season was actually his rookie campaign, when he started 11 of 15 games played for the Browns. He recorded his first and only career interception, knocking out Chiefs QB Alex Smith, and totaled a career-high in tackles (36), sacks (3.0) and defended (4).

Orchard last played three games for Washington in 2020, but was called off in November of that year. He’s had brief stints with the Texans and Titans since, but hasn’t been active for a game.

Football is not the only sport in which Orchard excelled in his youth.

He attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he played soccer and basketball. Orchard also competed on the track as a sprinter and set personal bests of 11.9 seconds in the 100-meter and 54.3 seconds in the 400-meter at the 2009 Region VI T&F Championships.

In football, Orchard has played both sides of the ball as a receiver and defensive end. He totaled 58 catches for 1,351 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. That same season, he also recorded 62 tackles, 17.5 sacks and two interceptions in defense.

4. Change of name at the college

Orchard’s full name is Napaa Lilo Fakahafua Orchard after taking the last name of his guardians in 2013. He has a captivating and moving story, having moved in at age 13 with his basketball coach, Dave Orchard, and his wife Katherine.

“I knew the Orchard family were loyal to me, and I changed my name to theirs, knowing they are my parents and I am proud to call them [Mom] and daddy “, Orchard said in an interview in 2015. “So I changed my last name to theirs just before I got married.”

When Nate and his wife Maegan welcomed their first child during Nate’s stay in Utah, the couple named her Katherine Mae.

After Katherine, Orchard and Maegan added two more children to their family: another daughter, Charlotte, and a son, Bo Webber.

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