Quin giving back to the community

Published 8:30 pm Thursday, June 20, 2013

Football has been good to Glover Quin and he believes in doing good for those around him, especially in his hometown of Summit. The Detroit Lions safety will host a second annual free football leadership camp this weekend on the Southwest Mississippi Community College campus. Due to the huge turnout for last year’s camp, over 200 youth; it has been split into two days.

On Friday, youngsters in grades K-5th will be welcomed to camp, starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until 7:30. On Saturday, rising sixth through 12th graders will gather at 5:30 p.m. until 8.

Quin plans a Leadership Dinner at 8 p.m. He will share his thoughts on life, career and a path to success in the NFL. Also scheduled to speak are Southwest president Dr. Steve Bishop and Summit mayor Percy Robinson.

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For sure, it is a great day for Summit and the surrounding area. Quin enjoys working with youngsters and encouraging them to take a positive role in the community.

Quin was a superb, 3-sport athlete at North Pike High School before playing college football at Southwest and the University of New Mexico. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

After four seasons with the Texans, he became a free agent and signed a lucrative 5-year contract with the Detroit Lions. He currently holds a Texans career record for most interceptions in a game.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz spotted Quinn when he was playing for New Mexico. A multi-dimensional athlete, Quin believes in physical fitness, eating right and living right.

“There are a couple of things you look for in an athlete and Glover hits all of those,” said Schwartz. “He’s a guy that played corner in college. As physical as he played, the first thing that came to mind is: this guy can make the move to safety.”

Quin, standing 6-foot and weighing 207 pounds, played two years at cornerback for the Texans before taking over at safety.

“Glover can play nickel,” said Swartz. “He’s a dime player in the box. He’s blitzed. He can play in the deep part of the field and cover man-to-man. He’s a very good fit for what we do in Detroit, in addition to being a very good leader.”

Offseason workouts, good eating habits, plenty of rest and a paternal lifestyle keep him focused on the task at hand. Quinn, a devoted family man, has seen a lot of outstanding NFL athletes ruin their lives with drug and alcohol abuse problems.

“I think playing cornerback my first two years helped me in the coverage of my position,” said Quin. “Playing corner in the NFL is tough duty.”

Born Jan. 15, 1986, Quin, 27, started every game the last three seasons. He compiled 246 and 5 interceptions. He’s missed only one game over a 4-year career.

“In this league, it’s all about if you can play on Sundays,” said Quin. “It doesn’t really matter how good you are, if you are not able to go out there on Sundays and play at a high level. Obviously, staying healthy and being able to play affects a team’s decision and investing in you.”

The Lions have been struggling with deep pass coverage, giving up 13 plays of 40-plus yards in the passing game last season. With the addition of Quin, plus free agents Chris Houston and Jason Jones; the Lions appear to be much improved on defense, even before the 2013 campaign begins.

Schwartz believes Quin can man up in the slot and cover some of the NFL’s best tight ends and running backs, plus taking away the deep portion of the field.

The Lions play their first exhibition game Aug. 15, at the Cleveland Browns. Last season, they were 4-12 overall and last in the NFC North at 0-6, trailing Green Bay, Minnesota and Chicago. With the addition of Quin, last year’s interception team total of 11 should increase dramatically.

It’s that time of year again and Copiah-Lincoln Community College football coaches are firing up the grills outside Frank Pitts Field House. Tasty Boston butts go on sale July 1.

Smoked butts may be purchased from Co-Lin football team members or coaches. Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis said they hope to have all of the butts sold no later than July 3.

Proceeds from the sale are earmarked for team wind suits and other necessary items. For more info, contact Davis at 601-757-1007.

Co-Lin has made two recent additions to its staff of football coaches. Otis Yelverton will replace Larry Williams as defensive coordinator and Maurice Johnson, a former Co-Lin All-American linebacker, will replace Clarence McDougal. Williams and McDougal both departed for Hinds Community College, lured by greener pastures, after helping the Co-Lin Wolfpack win the 2012 MACJC State Championship, the school’s first since 1985.

Co-Lin had a heckuva year, finishing 9-3. The Pack rallied for two comeback wins in the state playoffs, beating East Mississippi and Gulf Coast. They lost a last-second, 31-29 thriller to Garden City, Kan. in the Fifth Annual Mississippi Bowl, which was played in Biloxi.

 GRIDIRION PREVIEW: Area football coaches should be receiving their Gridiron Preview questionnaires in the mail this week. Please fill out the form and return it as soon as possible. The information will help us prepare a preseason story on each area team. It will be published in the Gridiron Preview, Aug. 22.

 Contact sports editor Tom Goetz by Email: tom.goetz@dailyleader.com