Let me just first admit I was skeptical about Mr.Orton. I know, not the best place to start an article with a topic about living stand up. The thing is when Jay Cutler was traded the Chicago fans made it seem like Orton was the worse thing to touch a football field. Hard worker but no talent is the picture they seemed to paint. Not all. Most.
The first time I seen Orton myself in person was at the scrimmage where he was so called "booed." I think we booed Prater the kicker more that day. I noticed when he threw the ball it was very accurate. The velocity left a lot to be desired but he put it in place in time. His stance was great and he seemed to Read routes really well for the short time in the system.
Then I read a piece in the Denver Post written about how Orton drives a Prius.Yep a Prius. This kid was ment to be a Bronco. Must have been destiny calling that fruitful day when Chicago pulled the trigger on Cutler. Indeed we loss a talented player. I miss his velocity. His zing down field. His arm when on the run. Not as much as I thought I would though.
I never felt the respect for Cutler I have for Orton. Cutler did give time to the kids. I admit he had a lot of children in Denver who loss a friend when he was traded. But Orton has class. He took an opportunity and made the best of it. Didn't blame his team mates. The Ref's. He never once asked to be "The Guy." He earned it.
I remember the day I lost respect for Cutler. He used the comment Denver fan's are a six and Chicago a nine. From no where with no reason he hit at the fan base. The same fan base who cheered him and scowled the boy genius for trading him. Who would of thought the first thing from Cutler was not a Thank You to fans who gave everything in support for him. Instead he spit in our face. Nice FU and a one way out.
I say this because Orton fresh in Denver was booed.Yep because of those same supporters (me included but more for prater) wanted to still show support for Cutler. Duh right. Orton instead took the mic and gave the Denver fans a supportive, understanding,and needed response. "They are just passionate about football."
Did he mean it? Doesnt matter. He chose to handle the situation with class. He has done so since he has been here. Not to mention didntplay toobad last year. He did better than he ever did in Chicago. Was it the team in Denver is that much better? Ask Chicago fans that and you'll quickly learn its not that. They say. So what was it that gave him the much needed boost to carry him into his second part of his career?
It was all because he is a Stand Up Guy. In everything he does. His dedication and hard work prevail over crying and yelling at people. Simple. He earns it.He did last year and contrary to what others say I think Quinn has a hard time taking the reins from him. I could be wrong.
In the end I realize we have a great guy. a great stand up guy. Not the flashy kid who had all the girls with his athletic talent in high school. The kid who was hitting the books to learn the in's and out of the game and his position. Who stayed on the field till he got that pass right.We my friends have a QB worth keeping regardless of his role.
Thanks Chi Town. Orton is a real,
Stand up guy.