“Football was never who I was as a person,” Quin told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. “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.”
The Lions released Quin back in February, choosing to go in a different direction in their defensive backfield—mainly: cheaper and younger. They have now drafted a safety in the third round in back-to-back years.
Quin first joined the Lions in 2013, signing a big five-year contract. Almost immediately, Quin assumed a leadership role and became a playmaker in Detroit’s secondary. In 2014, he led the entire NFL with seven interceptions, leading to his first (and only) Pro Bowl appearance and being named second-team All Pro.
Since then, we’ve heard from defensive back after defensive back talk about just how valuable of a resource Quin has been as a locker room presence. Quandre Diggs, Darius Slay, and Tracy Walker are just a few of the names that have been impacted by Quin’s presence.
Quin will step away from the game with a total of 85 passes defended, 24 interceptions and a couple touchdowns to his name. Better yet, he can accurately claim he left the game better than he entered it.
Have a happy retirement, Glover.
UPDATE: Lions general manager Bob Quinn offered the following statement on Quin’s retirement: