By Colin Bado, TSB Sports Writer
With speeds of close to 120 mph, bobsledding isn’t for the faint of heart. But former McKinney High School wide receiver Johnny Quinn is far from your conventional athlete.
Following a standout senior year as a Lion in 2001, Quinn earned a scholarship to play football at the University of North Texas. Recently named as one of two wide receivers to make the UNT all century team, Quinn’s impact as an Eagle will not be forgotten.
After bouncing around the NFL, in 2009 Quinn was picked up by the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. A torn ACL in 2010 led some to believe Quinn’s athletic career was over. On the contrary, the hardworking and determined Quinn hung up his cleats and pads for a “burn-suit.”
Chuck Berkeley, an Olympic bobsledder saw Quinn’s athletic ability in a video and sent it to Olympic bobsled driver Cory Butner. The rest is history, and now as a member of the United States National Bobsled Team, Quinn hopes his dream of making the U.S. Olympic team is on the verge of coming true.
Meanwhile, Quinn, who says the U.S. doesn’t have the funding to support Olympic athletes in training, is also tasked with funding his efforts to support the road to the Olympics. He founded The Athlete’s Watch, a company that assists young athletes with finding opportunities to participate in sports at a level beyond high school. McKinney citizens may also donate funds to his website.