Dan Orlovsky announces retirement from NFL

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Veteran NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky on Wednesday announced in a blog post titled “It’s Time” that he is retiring from the NFL after 12 season. He wrote:

“It’s time for my journey as a football player to come to an end.

The game that made high school four of the most incredible years of my life.

The game that sent me to college for free.

The game that challenged me to play it at the highest level for 144 months.

The game that brought some of my life’s greatest mentors. People like Dave Wilson, Jon Kitna, Mike Furrey, Josh McCown and Jim Caldwell.

The game that has brought me some of my greatest friends.

The game that forced me to prove myself to myself every single day.

That game for me as a player, is now done.”

Orlovsky was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions out of Connecticut. The 34-year-old spent the vast majority of his career as a backup, with his seven starts in 2008 marking the most over a single season in his career. He played for four teams and was trying to find a job with the Rams this season, to no avail. He threw for 3,132 yards behind 15 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a career passer rating of 75.3.

“I was so lucky to find something that at the age of 7 that, not only I fell in love with, but something that would shape me in every way possible. My prayer is that somehow my kids get to be as lucky as I was.

As I sit here writing this, I’m overcome with emotion.

Football, its my time. THANK YOU!  You were my first love.”

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