It didn’t take long into his NFL career before Dan Orlovsky left a permanent mark in league history.
In just his first-ever career start, the now-analyst became infamous among NFL fans, starring in one of the most iconic and hilarious blunders ever.
Playing for the Detroit Lions, Orlovsky ran out of the back of the end zone late in the first quarter vs. the Minnesota Vikings, thus being called for a safety.
Today marks the 15th anniversary of that hilarious blooper, so NFL insider Dov Kleiman made sure to remind him, prompting plenty of responses and interactions on social media.
😂😂😂😂 you haven’t escaped this until a QB literally runs into the tunnel during the play
— SneakerCheaper (@SneakerCheaper) October 12, 2023
this is still so funny man🤣🤣
— michael doleac (@3MWD__) October 12, 2023
Idk why Dan thinks he’s off the hook because a couple more guys have done this. He was legitimately running on the white line for almost 3 seconds after the play was over. Nothing could look more ridiculous 😂😂😂😂 poor guy
— Craig (@_itsalwayscraig) October 12, 2023
Just bc of this play he should never be allowed to analyze an NFL game
— Dr. Ball Knower (@seeeeaaaahawks) October 12, 2023
the fact that this is his career highlight 😂😂
— 𝙀𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙚🔮™ (@984_Afc) October 12, 2023
Before becoming an analyst, Orlovsky spent 12 seasons in the league, playing for the Lions (twice), Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also joining the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad.
He completed 298 passes for 3,132 yards with 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, but he’ll mostly be remembered for this blunder.
Last season, while still playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo went “full Orlovsky,” with Gardner Minshew doing it again.
However, no one has done it as funny as the ESPN pundit did.
As usually happens, Orlovsky’s work as an analyst has often drawn mixed reviews.
Some like his insight — especially when it comes to assessing quarterback play — while others don’t hesitate to remind him of this mistake every time they disagree with him.
That’s all a part of this business; it’s impossible to please someone without angering someone else.
Whatever the case, no one can take his place in NFL history, even if he would rather this had never happened.NEXT: Stephen A. Smith Says He 'Fears' For 1 Controversial NFL Player