Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”
Glover Quin, Texans cornerback:
Quin“I didn’t come from anybody close to me being a professional in football or anything close to that. But my dad, Glover Quin Sr., was probably the best quarterback to ever come through my town [Summitt, Miss.]. He went to Mississippi Valley during the summer, he was there and didn’t like it and he left, he went back home, married my mama and never played college ball.
“But growing up, I heard so many stories about how good my dad was and so many questions, ‘Are you going to be as good as your dad?’ My dad used to tell me all the time how good he was, he could have made this, he could have done this, he could have done that. So hearing that so much as a youngster, I was like, ‘OK, I want to have a family, I want to have kids, but I don’t ever want to tell my kids I could have done something if I’d have stayed with it.’”
“So my whole thing was, I want to work to be good so I can fight that pressure of being better than my dad, but I also want to go farther than my dad. When I played my first [junior college] game, I technically went farther than my dad because he never played college ball. I just wanted to keep going as far as I could go…”
“He probably doesn’t even know the way that I took it. He was really genuine about it when I told him, ‘Hey dad, technically when I had my first college practice I outdid you, you know I’m better than you, yada, yada, yada.' We play around a lot. He said, ‘Yeah, you got me. You went farther than I did.’ You can’t really say I was better because I didn’t play quarterback.”