“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.”
Quin, 33, is a former fourth-round pick of the Texans back in 2009. After four years in Houston, Quinn signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract with the Lions in March of 2013.
Quin later agreed to a two-year, $13 million extension with the in 2017. He was entering the final year of his contract and set to make a base salary of $5,250,000 for the 2019 season when the Lions released him in February.
During his 10-year NFL career, Quin recorded 737 total tackles, four sacks, 10 forced fumbles and five recoveries, 24 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns and 86 pass defenses. He played in 159 games, only missing one his rookie season.