Ex-NFL QB Dan Orlovsky Follows in Footsteps of Tom Brady and Troy Aikman As He Bumps Up To The ESPN Booth

Published 05/19/2022, 3:00 PM EDT

The NFL TV free agency is also becoming volatile. Pretty similar to how players get signed with their respective teams in the off-season. Despite getting a tempting deal from FOX Sports for a No 1 team vacancy, the former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky resorted to staying with ESPN and getting a promotion to No 2 NFL Booth.

The pro footballer started his job as an analyst four years ago. ESPN was the premier broadcaster for him and left him to call college football games. His four-year contract was about to end in the coming days when FOX sports tried to hire the analyst from their media counterparts.


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According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, FOX Sports reached out to Orlovsky for a role in their No 1 team booth. “NEWS: Dan Orlovsky will call NFL games with Steve Levy & Louis Riddick for ESPN after Fox Sports pursuit, The Post has learned.” he tweeted.

The deal comes days after the Buccaneers quarterback signed a 10-year-deal with FOX Sports. Orlovsky will join Steve Levy and Louis Riddick Jr. in ESPN’s No. 2 NFL TV booth. Per reports, Levy and Riddick have also received contract extensions with Joe Buck and former NFL star Troy Aikman to call games as its No 1 team. If Orlovsky would have joined FOX Sports, he would have fronted five-day-a-week NFL shows and some games on Sundays as well.

Moreover, he could have only filled the temporary position until Tom Brady’s arrival gets determined. So this deal certainly helped him cement his roots for a long time. The 38-year-old will get a handful of NFL games along with his usual studio work and College football assignments.

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Fox Sports is still hunting for a lead analyst to partner with Kevin Burkhardt, who replaced Buck as the No 1 game caller. Greg Olsen is the most suitable candidate to collaborate with him until Brady calls off his NFL career.

As soon as the Seven-time Super Bowl champion retires from pro football, he will take up the full-time analyst role for a whopping salary of $37.5 Million per year.

Brady will become the highest-paid TV sports analyst in Television history. Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch was happy to announce Brady’s post-retirement gig with the broadcasting company.


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“Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt but will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to the client and promotional initiatives,” Murdoch said. “We are delighted that Tom has committed to joining the Fox team and wish him all the best during this upcoming season,” he added.

Similarly, Troy Aikman, the Hall of Fame quarterback took up the analyst role in 2001.


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Just a year later, Aikman got promoted to the network’s top commentator crew with Joe Buck and Cris Collinsworth. In 2004, the NFL legend received an Emmy nomination for his television work. The 55-year-old helped the network broadcast six Super Bowl games to date, with many more to come in the future.

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