Glover Quin says he’s “walking away” from football

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The Lions released veteran safety Glover Quin this offseason, and he’s decided to not look for another team.

According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Quin has chosen to retire after 10 seasons.

“Playing professional sports was always a dream of mine. Football was the route I chose and God blessed me to be able to persevere through all the hardships and play 10 years in the NFL,” Quin said. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to play in the NFL with such great players and two great organizations.

“Football was never who I was as a person. It was always what I had done. I wanted to use football as a stepping stone into the rest of my life and not let football be my life. I always only wanted to play 10 years. Said if I was able to walk off the field after the last game in Year 10, it would be really hard for me to walk back on. I’m young, I’m healthy and I got a lot of life to live. So I’m walking away from the game of football.”

Quin, 33, started every game over the last six seasons with the Lions, leading the league in interceptions and earning All-Pro honors in 2014.

18 responses to “Glover Quin says he’s “walking away” from football

  1. Good Luck Man

    Many of us would have loved a career like you had during your NFL one

  2. One of the Lions best free agent signings. Last year was an exception, he didn;t play well at all, and never bought fully into the new system and coach, it seemed, but he was a professional in the good sense of the word. A guy you could depend on to do his job well. I think he will be successful in his new chosen field and wish him the best. I enjoyed watching him play.

  3. Good for him and good luck to him. Very few get to walk away on their terms or according to their plan. I hope he took care of his money and he uses the contacts and relationships he built in the NFL to have a successful “next life”.

  4. That long, wordy article with a few long, wordy quotes about his goal including football as a 10-year springboard for his next stage in life, and he isn’t asked what are his immediate and future plans?
    (it even takes a long, wordy comment to describe it…)

    Congratulations and best wishes to Quin for years of quality time with his family and friends! And hopefully few life-long pains — 10 years pro, and 3-4 years of college football is still a lot of hard collisions.

  5. Long time Lions Fan here. Sure, he didn’t mesh with Patricia’s defense or personality last year, but he was a quality player the last few years and a quality leader in the secondary and by all accounts a quality person. Glad to see him be able to walk away from the game on his own. Sounds like he has a very mature perspective on his life. Props to Quin!

  6. Congrats on your retirement Glover. You were nothing but an ideal professional and well-respected vet. Cheers to even better days ahead.

  7. Congratulations young man! You are doing what many said but were unable to accomplish.

  8. Quin did a good job is convincing people that football was exactly who he was as a person, even though it wasn’t. Well done. Hope he enjoys retirement.

  9. Great free agent signing by the Lions, and a class act. Thank you Glover, and good luck to you in whatever you do next!

  10. This guy was wildly overpaid by Detroit when Houston walked. Good, solid player, but it was a Mayhew FA overpayment which handicapped their cap position to build properly for during that stretch.

  11. If his plan was always to play just 10 seasons, why didn’t he retire immediately after the season ended instead of waiting until nobody wanted to sign him?

  12. Get in. Get Paid. Get out while you still can walk.

    Loved watching Quin play, but he fell apart quickly on the field anyway. Last season he looked like a different player.

    Happy for him. 33 years old, wealthy, and still able to have a career after football? Sounds like a dream scenario for anyone. Football will open every door for him, now he just has to pick which one to walk through.

  13. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:52 am

    If his plan was always to play just 10 seasons, why didn’t he retire immediately after the season ended instead of waiting until nobody wanted to sign him?

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    If you had a shot at someone giving you 4 million dollars or so, you’d wait and see too. If all he can get is a “prove it deal” then walk away. He wasn’t saying he is walking away BECAUSE it’s 10 seasons though. He was saying that was always what he had in mind. Now that it’s a reality, he doesn’t have any dissonance with this decision.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

    This guy was wildly overpaid by Detroit when Houston walked. Good, solid player, but it was a Mayhew FA overpayment which handicapped their cap position to build properly for during that stretch.

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    Overpay? He lead the league in INTs and wasn’t the highest paid safety in football, so how was that an overpay?!? He never made more than 6.5 mil in a season, so he wasn’t handicapping their cap at all. Stafford’s contract, Calvin’s contract… those were the ones putting a strain on the cap.

    Some people just talk without knowing anything.

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