Brock Osweiler had the type of career that all football fans, watching from their couch or at a bar, silently hope they could enjoy.
If those same fans who craved Osweiler’s money and Super Bowl ring asked themselves why he always wore long sleeves, we might have the answer.
Brock Osweiler played seven NFL seasons
When Brock Osweiler retired midway through the 2019 season, he ended his career having achieved plenty in his seven seasons.
A second-round pick from Arizona State in 2012, Osweiler completed 59.8% of his passes in 49 games (30 starts) for 7,418 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions.
One of the tallest quarterbacks in NFL history at 6 feet 7 inches, Osweiler played sparsely in his first three-plus seasons because he backed up Peyton Manning in Denver.
Then came Manning’s struggles in 2015 and Osweiler’s entry to the starting lineup. Osweiler completed 61.8% of his passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns, and six interceptions in eight games.
Although Osweiler won five of his seven starts, he suffered a knee injury in Week 17. Manning returned to the starting lineup and avoided making mistakes in Denver’s playoff run, culminating with a victory over Cam Newton and the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Brock Osweiler made a substanial amount of money in the NFL
Fresh off half a season of starting, Brock Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans in March 2016.
Houston gave Osweiler, who threw 16 interceptions and lasted just one season in Texas, $37 million in guaranteed money. The Texans realized that was a mistake midway through the season and benched Osweiler for Tom Savage that December.
Houston traded Osweiler to Cleveland in 2017, but the Browns cut him that September. Osweiler spent the 2017 season with Denver before closing his career with former offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who coached Miami at the time.
According to Spotrac, Brock Osweiler earned $41.3 million in his career. Considering Osweiler only started 30 games in eight seasons, that he made nearly $1.38 million per start is a testament to Jimmy Sexton, Osweiler’s agent.
He may have worn long sleeves because of a misspelled tattoo
Brock Osweiler always wore long sleeves or compression sleeves in the NFL, whether it was 80 degrees at kickoff or a snowstorm in Denver.
Osweiler wasn’t the only NFL player to do so, but his possible reason for that choice might place him in an exclusive club.
Photos of Osweiler at Arizona State captured him in short sleeves and the tattoos on his biceps exposed. On his left biceps, Osweiler had the phrase, “Live Life to it’s fullest” tattooed.
There is just one problem. Instead of “it’s fullest,” the phrase should have read “its fullest.” Saying one should “live life to it’s fullest” means they are saying they should live life to it is fullest.
Osweiler told ESPN’s Jon Gruden in 2012 that he received the tattoo upon graduating high school. Clearly, Osweiler wasn’t listening when his elementary school teachers went over the difference between “it’s” and “its.”
Osweiler at least spelled another tattoo, “Live Your Legacy,” correct. He used the correct form of “your,” which in itself is a victory.
All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.