Mike Quinn

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Mike Quinn
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Quinn as a member of the Dallas Cowboys
No. 11
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 44)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Robert E. Lee (Houston, Texas)
College: Stephen F. Austin
Undrafted: 1997
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:4
TDs–INTs:1–0
Passing yards:20
QB rating:85.4
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Games played:2
TDs–INTs:3–5
Passing yards:355
QB rating:55.8
Player stats at PFR

Michael Patrick Quinn (born April 15, 1974) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos. He also was a member of the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, and the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Stephen F. Austin State University.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Quarterback position in gridiron football

A quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

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Early years

Quinn attended Robert E. Lee High School in Houston, Texas, where he played quarterback. As a senior, he received All-state and All-Greater Houston honors. [1]

College career

He walked-on at Division I-AA Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a backup quarterback behind James Ritchey during his first three seasons. As a junior in 1995, during a game against Southwest Texas State on November 12, Quinn came into the game in place of Ritchey and threw three touchdown passes. [2]

The term walk-on is used in sports, particularly American college athletics, to describe an athlete who becomes part of a team without being recruited beforehand or awarded an athletic scholarship. This results in the differentiation between "walk-on" players and "scholarship" players.

Stephen F. Austin State University public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas, United States

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is a public university located in Nacogdoches, Texas, United States. Founded as a teachers' college in 1923 as a result of legislation authored by State Senator Wilfred Roy Cousins, Sr., the university was subsequently renamed after one of Texas's founding fathers, Stephen F. Austin. Its campus resides on part of the homestead of Thomas Jefferson Rusk. Stephen F. Austin is one of four independent public universities in Texas.

James Alan Ritchey is a former professional American football quarterback. He was signed by the Houston Oilers as an undrafted free agent in 1996 and was also a member of the Barcelona Dragons. Ritchey played college football at Stephen F. Austin (SFA), finishing his career ranked third in school history with 5,436 passing yards and 5,851 yards total offense.

As a senior in 1996, he became the starting quarterback after Ritchey graduated, throwing for 136 completions for 2,049 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In the game against Samford on October 27, Quinn led Stephen F. Austin to a 4314 win after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Jefferson at the end of the first half. SFA held the lead for the rest of the game. [3] Against McNeese State on November 3, Quinn led a come from behind win for SFA by throwing two touchdowns to Mikhael Ricks in the fourth quarter. [4] The next week, Quinn threw for 283 yards and threw four touchdown passes to lead Stephen F. Austin to another win making them 72. [5] Against Delta State University, he had 19 out of 33 completions for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, receiving Southland Offensive Player of the Week honors. He finished his college career after playing in 28 games and passing for 2,641 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Samford Bulldogs

The Samford Bulldogs are the 17 varsity teams that represent Samford University in NCAA Division I athletics. The Men's basketball team made its first NCAA appearance in the 1999 and 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The women's basketball team made its initial NCAA tournament appearance in the 2011 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament and made its second consecutive appearance in the tournament in 2012. The baseball team made its first NCAA tournament appearance in the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, reaching the finals of the Tallahassee Regional. Additionally, the softball team made its first NCAA Tournament Appearance in 2016. For the first time in history, the lady bulldogs won the Regular Season Championship as well as the Tournament Championship to cap off a record high of 40 wins on the season. The school is a member of the Southern Conference in Division I of the NCAA, after moving from the Ohio Valley Conference in 2008. The Samford Athletics staff is headed by athletic director Martin Newton, whose appointment was announced on March 9, 2011.

A wide receiver, also referred to as wideouts or simply receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is a key player. They get their name because they are split out "wide", farthest away from the rest of the team. Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field. The wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist.

McNeese State University university

McNeese State University is a public university in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Founded in 1939 as Lake Charles Junior College, it was renamed McNeese Junior College after John McNeese, an early local educator. The present name was adopted in 1970. McNeese is part of the University of Louisiana System and is classified as a Master's University. The selective admissions university consists of six colleges and the Doré School of Graduate Studies. McNeese is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and all programs of study are accredited by their respective national boards.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers (first stint)

Quinn began his career by signing with the Fountain Tadpoles of the Eastern North Carolina Football League, but when the league folded after just one season, Quinn decided to go to the NFL. Quinn signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 1997 NFL Draft. [6] Quinn entered training camp behind Kordell Stewart, Mike Tomczak and Jim Miller on the depth chart, but after training camp Quinn had beaten out Miller and became the team's third-string quarterback. [7] He saw his only game action on November 9 against the Baltimore Ravens, throwing for 10 yards on one completion. [8]

1997 NFL Draft

The 1997 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 19–20, 1997, at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. No teams chose to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

Kordell Stewart, nicknamed "Slash", is a former American football player who played eleven years in the National Football League (NFL). Stewart attended the University of Colorado and was the 60th player selected in the 1995 NFL draft. Playing for Colorado in 1994 he completed a Hail Mary pass to beat the University of Michigan 27–26, a play which became known as "The Miracle at Michigan." Among NFL quarterbacks, his 38 rushing touchdowns ranks him fourth all-time, behind Cam Newton, Steve Young and Jack Kemp. The NFL Network named him #6 on its list of the 10 most versatile players in NFL history. He played mostly at quarterback, but also played wide receiver for a year.

Michael John Tomczak is a former American football player. Tomczak played quarterback for several NFL teams from 1985 through 1999, including the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League until 2014 when they ceased operations. He is of Polish descent.

Following the 1997 season, the Steelers allocated Quinn to play in NFL Europe; [9] he later agreed to play for the Rhein Fire. [10] In his second game with the Fire on April 12, Quinn completed 13 of 21 passes for 194 yards. He also completed two touchdown passes. [11] With Quinn as the starting quarterback, the Fire played in the World Bowl. However, Quinn was hampered by a sprained ankle and could not play in the game. [12] [13] He finished with 133 completions for 1,997 yards, 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He returned to the Steelers after the NFL Europe season but was waived on August 31, after being passed on the depth chart by Pete Gonzalez. [14]

The World League of American Football, later renamed the NFL Europe League and then NFL Europa, was a professional American football league which operated between 1991 and 2007. It was backed by the National Football League (NFL), the largest league in the United States. Each season culminated with the World Bowl.

Rhein Fire professional American football team in NFL Europe

The Rhein Fire was a professional American football team in NFL Europe, formerly the World League of American Football. Established in Germany in 1995, the franchise resurrected the name of the former Birmingham Fire team which was active during the 1991–1992 WLAF seasons.

World Bowl

The World Bowl was an annual American football Championship game, to decide the winning team in each season of the World League of American Football/NFL Europe. The World Bowl was played between 1991 and 2007 each year.

Indianapolis Colts

After being waived by Pittsburgh, Quinn was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on September 1. To make room for Quinn the Colts had to release Jim Miller, who had lost a roster spot on the Steelers to Quinn a year earlier. [15] However, after signing Doug Nussmeier, the Colts waived Quinn. [16]

Dallas Cowboys

On September 10, 1998, the Dallas Cowboys, who were unsuccessful claiming Quinn 10 days earlier, [15] claimed him after he was waived by the Colts, reuniting with head coach Chan Gailey, who was his offensive coordinator with the Steelers. [17] He became the Cowboys second-string quarterback after Troy Aikman was injured and Jason Garrett became the starter. [18] He played in three games for the Cowboys in 1998, completing one pass for 10 yards.

In 1999, Quinn did not play in a game for Dallas. During the 2000 offseason, Garrett signed as a free agent with the New York Giants [19] and quarterback Paul Justin was signed by Dallas to compete for the backup spot with Quinn. [20] On May 5, 2000, he was released after being passed on the depth chart by Paul Justin. [21]

Miami Dolphins

On May 23, 2000, Quinn signed with the Miami Dolphins, reuniting with Gailey who was the offensive coordinator. [22] On November 6, Quinn threw a touchdown pass to Deon Dyer [23] but was waived by the Dolphins on November 10, [24] only to be re-signed four days later. [25] In the 2001 preseason, Quinn sprained a joint in his shoulder and was waived/injured. [26] He was released from injured reserve with an injury settlement on September 6. [27]

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans, the newest franchise in the NFL, signed Quinn to a reserve/future contract on December 30, 2001. [28] Following the 2002 NFL Draft in which the Texans drafted quarterback David Carr with their first ever pick, Quinn became the backup. [29] Quinn and Tony Banks ended up winning the backup jobs to Carr [30] over Kent Graham and Ben Sankey. [31] Banks was secondstring with Quinn being the thirdstring quarterback. [32] The Texans waived Quinn during final cuts on August 25, 2003. He was the final member of the Texans first signings still on the team. [33] He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 17 after David Carr suffered a sprained right shoulder. [34] However, when Banks also became injured, Quinn was signed from the practice squad to back up the now healthy Carr and rookie Dave Ragone. [35]

Denver Boncos

The Denver Broncos signed Quinn as an unrestricted free agent in March 2004. [36] At the end of training camp, Quinn was released by the Broncos. [37]

Pittsburgh Steelers (second stint)

Quinn was re-signed by the Steelers on September 22 and assigned to their practice squad. [38] He was released from the practice squad on November 10. [39]

Montreal Alouettes

On August 29, 2005, Quinn was signed to the practice roster of the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. [40]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On March 22, 2006, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Quinn, joining quarterbacks Tee Martin, Russ Michna and Kevin Glenn on Winnipeg's roster. [41] In his CFL preseason debut against the Alouettes on June 2, Quinn threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Quentin McCord however the Blue Bombers lost 2524. [42] After making the team out of training camp, Quinn injured his sternum and shoulder which caused him to miss three weeks. [43] In his first week back with Winnipeg, Quinn was forced into the starting role after Glenn suffered a knee injury. [44] However, a string of poor performances which included an interception in the end zone while Winnipeg was in field goal position led to his release on August 28. [45]

Personal life

Currently, Quinn and his wife, Jennifer, live in Houston, Texas. At Stephen F. Austin State University, he majored in accounting.

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