Lions’ Quin retires after 10 NFL seasons

Former Detroit Lions and Houston Texans safety Glover Quin is retiring from the NFL after enjoying an underrated career for the past decade.

The 33-year-old told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein he’s “walking away” from football.

“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 wrote in a text message to ESPN. “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.”

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Quin was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans out of New Mexico. The rangy safety earned snaps in no time, becoming an every-day starter in his fourth game. He’d start every game for the next nine seasons.

After a shaky start to his career, Quin became a rising playmaker during the end of his four-year stint in Houston. The safety then signed in Detroit as a prized free agent in 2013. He immediately became the Lions stalwart in the secondary, ball-hawking, stepping up in the run, and managing the entire back end of Detroit’s defense. Quin earned a Pro Bowl bid and a second-team All-Pro selections in 2014, when he led the NFL in interceptions (7). Frankly, he was one of the more underrated players during his six years in Detroit and should have garnered more accolades — including 2017 All-Pro and Pro Bowl snubs after what was arguably his best season.

A dependable safety who was always available, starting 156 of 159 career games, and whose nose found the football, Quin compiled 24 interceptions, 737 tackles, 85 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, four sacks and two interceptions returned for defensive touchdowns.

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