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Glover Quin shares that he is ‘walking away’ from football

Glover Quin

Former Detroit Lions and Houston Texans safety Glover Quin has decided to retire after 10 seasons in the NFL.

The 33-year-old had become a stalwart in the defensive backfield for Detroit, signing with the team before the 2013 season. He started every game in his six seasons with the Lions, becoming a Pro Bowl player and second-team All-Pro in 2014. He also led the NFL in interceptions that season.

Quin finished his career second all time among Lions defensive backs in tackles with 423.

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 said. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to play in the NFL with such great players and two great organizations.”

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of New Mexico, Quin played the first four years of his career in Houston — beginning as a cornerback and then moving to safety. It was in Detroit, though, where Quin blossomed and had his best seasons while becoming one of the most underrated safeties in the league.

The Lions cut Quin in February as a cost-saving measure netting the team $6.25 million in cap relief.

Detroit selected Tracy Walker in the third round of the 2018 draft, potentially with the idea of him eventually replacing Quin. Walker has slid into a starting role this offseason with Quin no longer on the roster.