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Former UConn Football Star Dan Orlovsky Announces His Retirement

The Huskies’ all-time leading passer is calling it a career after 12+ years in the NFL.

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Legendary UConn quarterback Dan Orlovsky’s playing career is coming to a close, as the signal caller announced his retirement with an article on Sports Spectrum Global.

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

Orlovsky quarterbacked the Huskies through the transition to FBS and the Big East from 2001-2004. In his senior season, Orlovsky led the Huskies to their first-ever bowl game, a win over Toledo in the Motor City Bowl.

He holds the majority of UConn’s records, including career passing yards (10,706), career touchdown passes (84), yards per game (232.7), completions (916), total yards (10,421) as well as passing yards in a season (3,485), passing touchdowns in a season (33) and most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (25).

After graduating, he was drafted in fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Throughout his 12-year professional career, he played for four teams and started in 12 games, playing in 26 games total.

Orlovsky threw for 3,312 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He signed with the Los Angeles Rams this past offseason, but was released during cutdowns.

This past May, Orlovsky returned to UConn and worked as a student assistant while he completed his degree.

“I don’t know what is next,” he wrote. “I don’t know if it is going to be in coaching, or TV or business, but I do know that everything I learned in football has given me supreme confidence in wherever that step goes.

“I’m not fearful of the future, but excited.”