ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin had had enough. He felt his time being sucked away and decided to do something about it -- something surprising in this age of complete connectivity, with players, coaches and teams making their own announcements on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.
He said nope, not anymore, and deleted all three of the social media apps early in the season. And he said he doubts he'll return to social media when the season ends and he heads back to his family's offseason home in Houston.
Basically, he's done with it.
"Just disconnected," Quin said. "And focused more on football and family. Social media takes a lot of time."
And Quin decided it was time he wanted back. Instead of scrolling Twitter or Facebook or bouncing around Instagram, Quin started reading more books and listening to more audio books. He said he's been going through a lot of books on leadership and family, but declined to name any specific titles, just "finding ways to be a better human, all types of stuff."
He also said he doesn't watch the news, so there have been times he's heard discussions about current events in the locker room and had no idea what his teammates were talking about.
So he'd have to ask or scour websites and newspapers to catch up on what was going on in the world.
"A lot of stuff that I probably would see and probably would run up on on social media I don't anymore so I don't have all types of crazy things," Quin said. "If I don't freaking hear it in the locker room, half the time I don't know what's going on because I don't watch the news. They were talking about all types of stuff and I'm like, 'Oh wow, when did this happen. Wow, this happened.'
"Just kind of out of touch but I get to focus more on [other things]."
Quin is cool with it. He's in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career with 65 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown.
In the midst that, he's also been donating money based on his play this season to help the city of Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. Before the year, he said he would donate $5,000 for every interception and $100 for every tackle to relief efforts. To date, that means he's going to donate $21,500 based on his play thus far.
Quin said he misses being on social media occasionally, mostly when he wants to get a message out and not having the platform to do it directly. Other than that, the 31-year-old is good with his decision. And his advice for others considering cutting the social media cord is simple.
"Just get off of it," Quin said. "Delete it. That's all you got to do."