Kyle Orton was the successor to Drew Brees at Purdue, and even was on his way to possibly winning the Heisman before the unfortunate Fumble against Wisconsin. Ever since then his star has not shined as bright, but he still had a lengthy NFL career. As of today, it looks like it is over:
Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton announced his intention to retire after 10 seasons in the NFL on Monday.
Orton, 32, went 7-5 as the Bills' starter this season after replacing second-year quarterback EJ Manuel in Week 5.
"I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," Orton said in a statement.
It is a bit of a surprise, as Orton had a solid season after leaving Dallas, but if it is time, it is time. Orton's career was viewed by "experts" as underwhelming, but he always proved to be one of the more capable quarterbacks in the league. He finishes with a 42-40 record as a starter, over 18,000 yards passing, and a TD to INT ratios of 101 to 69. He never played in a playoff game, but as a rookie he won 10 games for the Bears before getting sent to the bench for the playoffs in favor of Rex Grossman.
If anything, Orton had awful luck with people making personnel decisions against him. The Bears chose Grossman over him. The Broncos went with Tim Tebow over him. The Chiefs went with Alex Smith over him. Now the Bills will have to go with E.J. Manuel.
Well done, Captain Neckbeard. You weren't terrible in the NFL, but you were rarely great and made a lot of money along the way. Get ready for a lengthy career of being the mid-season panic hire for a dozen NFL teams.
Kyle Orton stopped to grab his wallet around 9:00. Said he was going to a meeting, would talk later. Never came back. pic.twitter.com/8ImJP9ZvOg— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 29, 2014