Robert Quinn, his mother Maria, and a few others waited in a hospital room at Medical University in Charleston, S.C., for the results of the most critical test of his young life.
Quinn, who had passed out at work, was only 17 years old, and medics were attempting to figure out why he hadn’t been well for several weeks.
Quinn, a star wrestler who hadn’t lost a match since eighth grade, had so much of his life ahead of him, and everything hinged on the results of these tests.
he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and he only had a week or so to live, according to the doctor.
“I lost it”: Quinn remembers
Quinn told NJ Advance Media, “I lost it.” “I burst into tears.
‘Wow, I’m about to die,’ I think. I had to accept it for what it was, but I also had to attempt to lift up the people around me, because I didn’t want to bring them down with the pain I was going through. I wanted to go out happy for the people around me and do everything I could to keep things pleasant because those were going to be my last days.”
Quinn is an NFL great, a former All-Pro, and an excellent pass rusher with 102 sacks in 12 seasons, proving that the diagnosis was incorrect.
He also plays for the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles, who acquired him from the Chicago Bears last month in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick.
Quinn’s 18.5 sacks last season shattered Richard Dent’s franchise single-season record.
Quinn reminisced on the diagnosis that transformed his life as the Eagles prepared to enter the playoffs, giving him another chance at a Super Bowl ring after first-round exits with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 and the Chicago Bears in 2021.
He’s on his way to the NFL
Quinn has 13 sacks, 86 tackles, and eight forced fumbles in two seasons at North Carolina. His mother was concerned about his football career because the tumour remained in his head.
The tumour and Quinn’s history were brought up in the medical evaluations during the draft evaluation process.
Quinn claimed that was the last time anyone was concerned about the tumour becoming a problem.
“People weren’t sure at the draft, but I reminded them that I played in college,” Quinn said. “Many people will be scared if they find out you have a brain tumour.”
Quinn was not expected to trade
Quinn was picked with the 14th overall choice in the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams.
He spent seven seasons with the Rams before moving on to the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears before joining the Eagles.
Quinn would not have a bye week due to the midseason trade. he has a sack, 10 tackles, and four quarterback hits this season.
Quinn stated that he does not anticipate a trade. His mother was neither.