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#286 - Mike Orakpo gets REAL about Life after Professional Sports

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Release Date: 01/26/2021

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Mike is a native of Houston, Texas and the brother of Brian Orakpo. In high school, he earned All-District honors as a junior and senior. He was also named one of the Top 20 linebackers in Texas.
Mike was a Division 1 athlete, attending both Colorado State and Texas State University. At Colorado State, he played a key role on a top defense as a sophomore and earned Third-Team All-Mountain West Conference honors. While attending Texas State his junior year, Mike earned All Sun Belt Conference Second Team honors and was elected team captain. During his senior year campaign, Mike was listed as the #10 Linebacker in the country and was apart of Fox Sports Best LineBacker Duo in the nation, before his season ending injury.
Mike’s record breaking seasons earned him the honor of being named the number 4 freak in the nation by Fox Sports. Mike wasn’t only known for his helmet flying hits on the field, but also as a true workout warrior. Off the field you could find him mentoring his peers and helping them reach their on-field goals. Mike received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

In 2015, he was the Assistant Football Coach (linebackers) at St. Pius X High School. It was his love and passion for seeing people achieve their fitness goals that birthed InnerGrind.

From 2016 to 2019, Mike operated InnerGrind as founder and CEO. Mike has since opened a new venture, Orakpo Performance, started in 2019, and is the head business coach at LifeChanger Academy since 2018.
In 2018, Mike started pursuing his dream of a means for athletes and coaches to connect and Athlete Connect was born. In 2018, he became the CEO & Founder of Athlete Connect to carry out his mission of offering one-on-one private sports coaching to athletes by qualified coaches.