Weekend Plans With ESPN's Dan Orlovsky: Moving Up To Bristol
DAN ORLOVSKY last week moved his family up from Philadelphia to Connecticut ahead of his second season with ESPN as a football analyst. With the final countdown to the start of college football and NFL Week 1, Orlovsky and his wife and kids have been enjoying a vacation at Sea Isle City in N.J. before both school and ESPN duties kick off. He took a break from the beach to chat with THE DAILY about his second tour of duty at ESPN, what he and the family do in their free time and what it was like last year when he had to wear a suit into work each day. “That was a big deal for sure. I told people that most of my adult life was based in Nikes.”
MOVIN' ON UP: We moved on Wednesday of last week. It happened quickly, both professionally and personally, but we checked off a lot of boxes. Me being from Connecticut, it was a relatively easy move and now we don’t have to get on planes to see family members and what not. This week, we’ve been in Sea Isle City enjoying our last moments of summer like so many other families. This weekend we’ll head back home, watch Miami-Florida on Saturday night and then really just enjoy the last few days of summer. Nothing else too special this weekend, but we may go pickup a basketball hoop for the house.
YEAR TWO IN BRISTOL: Last summer, joining ESPN was an excitement of newness and a lot of unknowns. I had to be very focused and diligent, and I was hoping that what I had always felt, and what some other people had bet on, would come to fruition. This year, I think both ESPN and viewers have an expectation of "okay, this guy can do this." You know how to manage your time and what the expectations are. Shows are different too. Doing a live college game is different than a studio show. Doing “Get Up” is different than doing “SportsCenter.” That sounds like it’s nothing major, but it’s huge. Some shows you’re more succinct, some you can bring a little more personality and humor.
BIGGEST ADJUSTMENT: Talking about a quarterback that was better than you on the field -- and specifically what they did not do well in a game -- is a struggle. But that’s a challenge that you have to be okay with. You can respectfully do it. What have I done to sit here and talk about AARON RODGERS or TOM BRADY? You have to look yourself in the mirror on that stuff and be honest and respectful with it.
IN THE MEANTIME: I’ve got four kids and a wife, so they’re my hobby outside of work. I do love playing golf. I don’t get to play as much as I want to but that’s not a complaint. I try to take 2-3 golf trips a year with some close friends. But other than that, if I have free time, we’ll do something as a family. Whether it’s going to a concert with my wife or going to the beach with our kids, we like experiencing new things together.
SLEEPER NFL QB THIS SEASON? KIRK COUSINS is going to have a monster season. Cousins sneakily had a good year last year but the team didn’t. I expect the team to be better and therefore we will view Cousins’ season as better.