During the season, there will be three weeks of Monday Night Football doubleheaders. One game will be on ESPN, and the other will be on ABC. Everyone is familiar with one game analyst, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. One of the other game analysts is Dan Orlovsky, a former NFL quarterback with an infamous play on his résumé.
Orlovsky will be joined by Louis Riddick, another game analyst, and Chris Fowler, who will handle play-by-play duties on the Monday Night Football broadcasts. Orlovsky and Riddick called a few games last season with Steve Levy as the play-by-play announcer. You are likely familiar with Fowler’s work if you watch college football or tennis.
How Long Did Dan Orlovsky Play in the NFL?
Orlovsky played quarterback for the University of Connecticut from 2001 to 2004. He had 84 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions in 46 career games.
Orlovsky was drafted in the fifth round by the Detroit Lions in 2005. He spent his first two seasons with the Lions and started seven games in 2008. He threw 10 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 10 games that season. The Lions became the first team in NFL history to lose all 16 games in 2008.
Orlovsky played for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before returning to Detroit in 2015 for his final season.
In 2011, Orlovsky was one of the Colts quarterbacks who tried to fill in for an injured Peyton Manning. Orlovsky, who started five games, led Indianapolis to the team’s only two wins of the season.
Why Orlovsky Will Always Be on the NFL Blooper Reel
Orlovsky was playing for the Lions against the Minnesota Vikings in 2008; after taking the snap in the end zone, Orlovsky tried to scramble away from Jared Allen and ran out of the end zone for a safety. You can watch the play here.
Orlovsky has had playful fun with the moment during his broadcasting career. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stepped out of the end zone last season, and Orlovsky tweeted about someone making the same play.
IVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) September 26, 2022
How Long Has Dan Orlovsky Worked in Broadcasting?
After retiring from the NFL, Orlovsky joined the NFL Network to begin his broadcasting career. He moved to ESPN in 2018 as a college football and NFL analyst.
Orlovsky became a daily contributor to ESPN’s NFL Live in 2020. You will also see him on several of ESPN’s weekday morning shows.
In addition to being an analyst on Monday Night Football, he provides college football studio analysis on Saturdays.