DAN ORLOVSKY TALKS FAITH BEYOND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
Dan Orlovsky is a man of faith. The Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst declares that God’s love isn’t circumstantial in this week’s episode “Rebounding from Rejection.” Despite offers from Purdue and Michigan State, Orlovsky committed to play at Connecticut, where he wanted the challenge of elevating the Huskies into a Big East contender. When Jeff Garcia went down with an injury in the ’05 preseason, Orlovsky emerged as the Lions’ primary backup. He played in two regular season contests in 2005, including the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Atlanta Falcons. In the two contests combined, Orlovsky completed 7-of-17 passes for 63 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. Orlovsky joined ESPN as a popular analyst in 2017. Also, Rob and the cast discuss what it means to rebound from rejection.
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Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Orlovsky played high school football. "When I was younger, I would have garbage cans set up all around the yard," Orlovsky recalled. "And I would have like 20 balls and just fire them into the cans. I really had nothing else to do back then."
Orlovsky attended Shelton High School and became the starting quarterback during his sophomore year. As a senior, he threw for 2,489 yards and 58 touchdowns as the Gaels went 12–0, winning the state championship. His overall record as a high school quarterback was 28–4. He earned All-American honors from Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and Prep Star, and was also named Connecticut all-state, Class LL MVP, the New Haven Register's Connecticut Player of the Year and winner of the McHugh Award.
Despite offers from Purdue and Michigan State, Orlovsky committed to play at Connecticut, where he wanted the challenge of elevating the Huskies into a Big East contender.
When Jeff Garcia went down with an injury in the '05 preseason, Orlovsky emerged as the Lions' primary backup. He played in two regular season contests in 2005, including the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Atlanta Falcons. In the two contests combined, Orlovsky completed 7-of-17 passes for 63 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions.
He signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent on July 30, 2011. He was one of the final cuts as NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53. The Colts later resigned Orlovsky on September 27, 2011. He was named the starter over the benched Curtis Painter on November 30, 2011. The next week, Orlovsky went on to complete 30 of 37 passes, with 353 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception, for a total passer rating of 113.1 in his first start as a Colt against the New England Patriots, in a 31–24 loss.
On December 18, 2011, Orlovsky and the Colts won their first game of the season (after starting 0–13) against the Titans. Coincidentally, the last time the Colts won was also against the Titans in January of the previous season. This was Orlovsky's first official win as a starter in the NFL. On December 22, 2011, Orlovsky led the Colts on a 12-play, 78-yard drive in a comeback victory over the 10–4 Houston Texans with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.
On March 15, 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Orlovsky to a two-year-contract. On April 4, 2013, Orlovsky was cut by the Buccaneers. On April 8, 2013, four days after being cut, Orlovsky re-signed with the Buccaneers
On April 2, 2014, the Lions signed Orlovsky as their backup quarterback to Matthew Stafford. On March 2, 2015, the Lions re-signed Orlovsky to a one-year contract. In a game against the Cardinals, Orlovsky came in for a struggling Matthew Stafford, and threw for 191 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
On March 11, 2016, the Lions re-signed Orlovsky as their primary backup quarterback to Stafford.
On July 20, 2017, Orlovsky signed with the Los Angeles Rams. He was released by the Rams on September 2, 201.
Orlovsky announced his retirement from football on October 11, 2017.He joined ESPN as an NFL analyst.
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