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Dan Orlovsky to attend NFL's broadcast bootcamp

Posted Jun 8, 2014

Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky is taking part in a four-day NFL broadcasting boot camp in hopes of gaining a skill set that will help him after football.

Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky is doing everything he can right now to learn Joe Lombardi’s offense and do his part in helping the Detroit Lions win a few more games in 2014.

That doesn’t mean the 10-year veteran can’t have an eye on the future though.

Orlovsky is one of three current or former Detroit Lions scheduled to participate in the NFL's eighth annual broadcast boot camp later this month at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

Dan OrlovskyQB Dan Orlovsky (Photo: Detroit Lions)

“It’s an avenue the NFL provides for guys who are older and probably on the back end (of their careers) rather than the front end and I want to take advantage of it,” Orlovsky told detroitlions.com. “I’ve always been intrigued by the broadcasting angle in regards that it allows you to stay close to the game. I think I have a pretty decent understanding of the game schematically and concept-wise.”

Former Lions cornerback Dre Bly and defensive lineman Tyoka Jackson are also among the participants.

“I just want to improve my skills and see what I can do better and just improve my craft,” Bly said in a phone interview. “I do some local stuff here in Charlotte… and I’m always trying to improve myself and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the boot camp and all the special guests they have and the speakers they have.

“If there’s anything I can learn from those guys to improve my craft, I’m all about improving my craft and seeing what I can do more to help me with what I’m doing.”

Former Lions receiver Nate Burleson attended the camp in 2012.

The four-day program, directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments, covers a wide range of topics with on-air and production instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, SiriusXM, and WestwoodOne Radio.

Participants will get hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. 

Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter and serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“I’ve been around the pro game for 10 years now. With college and high school, I’ve been around the game 20-plus years,” Orlovsky said. “It offers a different angle to be part of the game.

“I don’t really want to be in the position, if something did come from broadcasting, where I have to be in a place of belittling guys. I’d rather have the opportunity to give people who don’t understand football an inside view of what it looks like. I think I would enjoy trying to get people to understand football that maybe don’t at a deeper level and maybe calling games.”