After 10 seasons in the NFL, safety Glover Quin is calling it a career.
The Lions released Quin in February after six years with Detroit that saw him earn second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2014. He began his career with four seasons for the Texans after they picked him in the fourth round in 2009.
The 33-year-old Quin told the Detroit Free Press earlier this year he actually tried to get the Lions to release him before the 2018 season. He lost playing time last year to rookie Tracy Walker. The Free Press reports the Lions freed $6.25 million in cap space with Quin’s release.
Quin told ESPN that he “always only wanted to play 10 years.”
“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 told 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 earned a reputation as an ironman, ending his career with 148 consecutive starts. He finishes with 24 interceptions, 84 passes defended and 740 tackles. He’s second all-time among Lions defensive backs with 423 tackles.