A native of Summit, Miss., where the population in 2007 was just 1,457, according to the website city-data.com, Texans SS Glover Quin has seen firsthand how difficult it is for some kids to get a college education. Thus, he has volunteered to join forces with the United Way’s “Team NFL” movement to recruit people to spread the word on the importance of education and staying in school.
“I come from a small town where kids don’t typically get a lot of opportunities to see the world or experience bigger things than where we’re from. So, to have an opportunity to help them, to mentor them, to try and get them to want to go to college, has really hit home for me,” Quin told PFW in a phone interview Friday.
“I’m really just trying to bring the wagon around and get people on to help out and join the team, the movement, and try to make it as big as possible.”
Quin’s other team, the AFC South champion Texans, will begin offseason workouts Monday as it attempts to build on its monumental 2011 campaign. Quin couldn’t hide his excitement about continuing to build something special and try to better his game.
“All throughout the year, from game one to the last playoff game,” he said, “we were still learning and still getting better. So, it is going to be exciting to have the chance to go through a full offseason this year in the same system and be able to learn more of the nuances of the defense and become even better in it.”
Despite the lockout-shortened offseason, Quin made a rather seamless transition in ’11 from cornerback to strong safety in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ new scheme. As a 16-game starter and the Texans’ second-leading tackler, Quin attributes his success — as well as his team’s dramatic turnaround, going from the NFL’s 30th-ranked stop unit in 2010 to No. 2 in total defense last season — to hard work and the willingness to buy into a new system.
Quin received a degree in business from the University of New Mexico before being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by the Texans. Unfortunately, he and his teammates have seen too much of the business side of football this offseason, with the salary-cap-constrained Texans parting ways with two of the team’s more vocal leaders, ILB DeMeco Ryans and ORT Eric Winston, in cost-cutting moves. Although he is disappointed, Quin understands it’s business and not personal, and he is confident that new leaders will emerge for the Texans.
“Losing those guys, some of the stronger voices in the locker room and biggest leaders in games, is definitely tough, but I think they did a great job of teaching in their time here, and I think we have the guys who are ready to step up and be team leaders and be position leaders.”
Quin quickly pointed out that players don’t become leaders overnight.
“I don’t think you can just anoint someone as a leader; it is the way they play on Sundays, the way they practice, the way they go about their business,” he said. “In other words, you have to earn it. I don’t think you can just say I’m going to be a leader and go out and be a leader. I think you have to lead by example and earn the respect of your teammates, and then the next stage of leadership — being vocal and things like that — will come. But you have to go to work first.
“And I think that is something we have to do, starting on Monday. We’ll go to work, and the leaders will emerge, and we’ll be fine.”
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