If you haven’t been watching the Detroit Lions’ mini-documentary series “Under the Helmet,” you’ve been seriously missing out. The 10-minute videos offer a unique look at Lions players in a way that you never get from a locker room interview or even a press conference.
The players are shockingly open, and it really gives you a new perspective on some of these players as fellow human beings. For example, Jarrad Davis spoke about the pain of growing up without the consistent presence of his father. Devon Kennard talked about his love for giving back to the community and the importance of faith in his life.
The season finale of “Under the Helmet” features veteran safety Glover Quin, who may have just played his last professional football game. The episode does not disappoint, as Quin opens up about why he didn’t show up at OTAs this year, how Hurricane Harvey changed his life, and retirement thoughts:
Faith. Family. Football.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 31, 2018
Under the helmet with Glover Quin pic.twitter.com/Hh8k98wqup
“(My family) was safe in their home, but they couldn’t get out of our neighborhood because it was flooded and so it was a very, very, very scary time for me,” Quin admitted. “Not being there for them, not being able to protect them, to help them in any kind of way was very, very, very, very tough, and it made me start to think a lot about being away from my family. It made me start to put some different things in perspective. That’s when I started thinking, ‘Okay, I may have to start making different decisions in the future.’”
Quin stops short of saying he’s retiring now, simply saying that when the time comes, he hopes he has the respect of his peers and coaches, knowing that he gave the game his all.
Glover Quin was the definition of a professional during his time in Detroit. If it has indeed come to an end, I’ll only have fond memories of his six years with the Lions.