Kyle Orland is just shy of his 18th birthday.
But when the New Orleans native’s father died in March of this year, Orton decided to start his own career.
Orton is now one of just two quarterbacks in NFL history to lead his team to an NFC championship game, as well as the only one who has played in the Super Bowl.
“My dad and I are pretty close,” Orton said.
“I’ve been around him for a long time, so I know how to be a father and a man.”
The 18-year-old Orton has been an NFL starter since his junior year of high school.
He spent time in the CFL and spent time with the New England Patriots before making the jump to the NFL.
The quarterback had two touchdowns and an interception as a rookie with the Saints in 2015, but he wasn’t a starter until Week 2, 2016, when the team moved him to the No. 2 spot in the offense.
The decision paid off as Orton led New Orleans to a 31-17 victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Saints’ win snapped a four-game losing streak, which was tied with the Seattle Seahawks.
During his tenure with the Lions, Orland threw for 4,924 yards and 30 touchdowns, according to Pro Football Focus.
The passer also had six rushing touchdowns, six passing touchdowns and five interceptions.
The young quarterback is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but his family struggles to make ends meet.
Orland’s father passed away on March 7, 2016.
The Orland family is still coping with the loss.
Ormon, who is a high school senior, said he was in tears after watching his dad’s final game, a 20-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.
“It’s crazy,” Ormon said.
“He played for a lot of great teams and I think he’s just a guy who had the ability to get the job done.
It’s really tough for me to see that.”