Former UNM defensive back Glover Quin announced his retirement from the NFL on social media Tuesday morning.
Quin played at UNM from 2006 to 2008, logging seven interceptions and 95 solo tackles. His stellar college career in the cherry and silver earned Quin a fourth-round selection by the Houston Texans in the 2009 NFL draft.
The McComb, MS. native would go on to play ten seasons in the NFL as a cornerback and safety, highlighted by his 2014 pro bowl selection as a member of the Detroit Lions.
“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 ten years in the NFL,” Quin wrote on his Twitter account. “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.”