Led UConn to its first bowl game, the Motor City Bowl in 2004. Orlovsky, a Shelton native, holds the school record for most pass completions (916), pass attempts (1,567), yards passing (10,706), touchdown passes (84), interceptions (51), total plays (1,710) and total yards (10,421). Will always be remembered as the quarterback who was under center as the program was transitioning to Division I-A.
NFL highlights: Orlovsky signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Houston Texans in the spring of 2009 and is their third-string quarterback.
The Detroit Lions selected Orlovsky in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft. In four seasons in Detroit, Orlovsky played in 12 games, including seven starts. He completed 150 of 272 passes for 1,679 yards with eight interceptions and eight touchdowns. He has been sacked 15 times. The career highlight or lowlight occurred in what he has called a bonehead play. Orlovsky was getting his first start against the Minnesota Vikings in 2008. Perhaps without a sense of where he was and buried deep in his own end, Orlovsky dropped back to pass and was running from pressure in the end zone when he ran out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety for the Vikings. The Lions would eventually lose the game, 12-10.
Life after UConn: Orlvosky, who was married last summer, didn't wait until his NFL career ended to do what he always promised. The Dan Orlovsky Foundation is a special one.Orlovsky started it with the hopes of enriching the lives of children, particularly those from single-parent households. Through auctions, sporting events and a golf classic that bears his name, Orlovsky has been there for kids. He's at the events and shakes the hands of people he knows and those he doesn't.
Here's what Orlovsky told Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs in 2008.
"At the end of the day, I cannot allow football to define me. These things I'm doing with the foundation, 15 to 20 years from now, they are going to be more important than any touchdown I threw. I'm hoping by getting some playing time, people seeing me, they'll be more in tune and step forward as donors."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun