If you’ve never met him, former McKinney High School (2002) standout football receiver and track star, Johnny Quinn, seems rather unassuming. He is tall, muscular, and obviously in good shape – an athlete. But Quinn’s good natured smile, and willingness to openly converse, belies his steely determination to compete and succeed. And compete he does as a member of the United States National Bobsled Team.
Following a successful football career at the University of North Texas, during which he set the program record for receptions, Quinn’s dreams of becoming a receiver in the National Football league were derailed when he was unable to make the Buffalo Bills squad in 2007, and then was released from the Green Bay Packers in 2008.
Quinn played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 2009 but was sidelined with an ACL injury and, was released in May of 2010.
Enter bobsledding. After months of rehabilitation, Quinn sent a video which showcased his speed, to Olympic bobsled athlete Chuck Berkeley, who passed it along to driver Cory Butner. Quinn’s first time in a bobsled was at team trials in Lake Placid, NY during the 2010-2011 season, where the team finished third.
Quinn, who will turn 28 in early November, is now on a mission to be selected as part of the four-man bobsled team, which will compete in 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Part 2 of our conversation with Johnny Quinn coming soon.