Chicago Bears Countdown to Kickoff: 18 Days with Kyle Orton

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Kyle Orton's retirement and Chicago Bears legacy

Following his sole year with the Bills, Orton retired from the NFL after a 10-year NFL career that saw four seasons spent with the Chicago Bears. As a Bear, Orton made 33 starts, where he logged a 21-12 overall record. His 5,319 passing yards rank 17th in team history, but amongst quarterbacks who have logged 16 or more starts with the team, his passing yards per game average (161.2) is ranked eighth in team history. His 30 passing touchdowns are also the 19th most all-time by a Bears player.

After retiring from the NFL, Orton has remained close to the game, but his primary focus is spending time with his family. The Orton family resides in Louisiana, where the former quarterback helps train college and high school players during the offseason.

Orton's father served as a politician in the state of Iowa, and the former quarterback has expressed a desire to enter the field, although he has yet to run for a position. However, Orton does not turn 41 until this November, so there is certainly plenty of time for the on-field leader to transition to public servant.