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Dan Orlovsky avoids infamy, makes up for free rent

Donald Brown,  Jordan Babineaux AP

We’re not supposed to root, but it was hard not to root for Dan Orlovsky on Sunday.

No one deserves to go down in history as the quarterback of the only two NFL teams that went 0-16. Orlovsky didn’t do a lot of passing in the Colts’ win, but he did make a big block for teammate Donald Brown.

Also known as roommate Donald Brown.

“I’ve been living at [Brown’s] house for four months, rent free,” Orlovsky told Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “He told me the hip check was the least I could do.”

Brown’s touchdown assisted by Orlovsky was probably the greatest NFL moment in the long, proud tradition of former UConn players in the league.

Brown’s beautiful 80-yard cutback run pushed him to 161 yards for the game. It guaranteed the Colts their first win, but they didn’t celebrate like they won the Super Bowl.  (Unlike, say, the 2007 Dolphins.)

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star note the team quietly savored the win. The players were very happy, but this a franchise that has been near the top of the NFL mountain for a while.

Sunday’s victory was cause for relief perhaps more than unrestrained joy.

“No one wants their name attached to that,” Orlovsky said. “Not that we’re patting ourselves on the back for how the season’s gone, but today, Sunday, the 18th of December, we won. This week we feel great about ourselves as a football team.”

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17 Responses to “Dan Orlovsky avoids infamy, makes up for free rent”
  1. warrenmoon says: Dec 19, 2011 10:05 AM

    I was rooting for them to lose. But no surprize, Tennesse disapointed me

  2. chetwynnr says: Dec 19, 2011 10:11 AM

    Orlovsky wasn’t the reason the Lions went 0-16, he was just another passenger in the Ford Expedition to infamy.

  3. kacapaco says: Dec 19, 2011 10:16 AM

    If I were a colt, I would pray my team to go 0-16 than 1-15. Both r as stinky as they can get, so why not be part of history than one lousy win season.

  4. upthegut34 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:17 AM

    The prospect of going 0-16 in 2007 was a little different. Especially for a team from Miami. Glad the Colts will avoid it.

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 19, 2011 10:20 AM

    The Titans were the perfect bunch of losers to lose to the all-defeated Colts. To hell the Titans!

  6. bigdan7885 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:25 AM

    kacapaco,

    What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this website is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  7. seidinho says: Dec 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    December #18th, just sayin’

  8. pigskinswag says: Dec 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    The real question now is, how does DAN ORLOVSKY feel about being on the same team with Andrew Luck next year…

  9. 6ball says: Dec 19, 2011 10:34 AM

    .

    Music City Miracle …in reverse.

    .

  10. damko12 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:40 AM

    bigdan7885

    Totally agree!

  11. sneschalmers says: Dec 19, 2011 10:41 AM

    kacapaco, if you’ve ever played competitive sports at any level, you’d know that there are some records to which you do not want yourself associated.

  12. phonymcringring says: Dec 19, 2011 10:51 AM

    So once they’ve pretty much locked up the first pick, the Colts finally win a game. Pretty convenient.

    This year the franchise is a disgrace to the NFL. For the conspirators the only comeuppance would be several more seasons of Lions-style futility.

  13. linebusy says: Dec 19, 2011 11:52 AM

    0-16 was terrible for the fans and the team. I wouldn’t ever want to see any team go through that again, even hated rivals.

  14. dolphins4 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:48 PM

    If Orlovsky would have started all season instead of Curtis I should have been a painter the Colts might be in the playoffs.

  15. jpalughi823 says: Dec 19, 2011 12:52 PM

    Lol @ big dan & the Billy Madison reference…over the last few weeks one thing is for sure: cut addai & let brown be the man. Addai is a great blocker but other than that make room for another power rb or et somebody in the secondary

  16. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 19, 2011 1:29 PM

    Not supposed to root? Hahaha @ 3G for pretending to be part of the media.

  17. earthtopft says: Dec 19, 2011 2:29 PM

    Seasons like these make Dan wish that he’d become a Russian physicist like his parents wanted.

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