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Dan Orlovsky

American football player

Dan Orlovsky is ...


Born 18 August 1983 in Bridgeport
Age 39 years, 10 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation American football player
Height 1.96m (6'5")
Weight 230kg (507.1lbs)
Sport American football
Member of sports team Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and UConn Huskies football
Educated at Shelton High School

About Dan Orlovsky

Dan Orlovsky: The Quarterback Who Never Gave Up

Dan Orlovsky was born on August 18, 1983, in Shelton, Connecticut. He grew up in a family of football enthusiasts, and his father was his first coach. Orlovsky showed promise as a quarterback from an early age, and he went on to play for the University of Connecticut, where he set several records and earned All-Big East honors.

In 2005, Orlovsky was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round. He spent most of his rookie season on the bench, but he got his chance to start in 2008, when the Lions were in the midst of a winless season. Orlovsky struggled, and the team finished the year with a 0-16 record, the first in NFL history.

Despite the setback, Orlovsky refused to give up on his dream of being a starting quarterback in the NFL. He bounced around the league, playing for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before returning to the Lions in 2014. In 2015, he finally got his chance to start again, when Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was injured. Orlovsky played well, leading the team to a win over the Chicago Bears.

Off the field, Orlovsky is known for his charitable work. He and his wife, Tiffany, founded the Dan Orlovsky Foundation, which supports children with learning disabilities. Orlovsky has also been a vocal advocate for mental health awareness, speaking openly about his own struggles with anxiety and depression.

Dan Orlovsky's career may not have been a smooth ride, but he never gave up on his passion for football. He retired in 2017, but his legacy as a determined and resilient player lives on.


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- "Dan Orlovsky Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles." Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2019,

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