When Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin takes the field against the Chicago Bears today, it will mark his 100th consecutive start. Quin’s streak began in week 14 of his rookie season back in 2009 for the Houston Texans. Over that period, he has been a model of consistency, both in his availability and performance.
This accomplishment hasn’t been easy. There have been multiple occasions where most players would have missed a game due to injury, but not Quin. A chipped bone in his right elbow in 2011 and an ankle injury that required offseason surgery in 2013 couldn’t even keep Quin off the field. This year alone, Quin has had to leave and couldn’t return in two different games, only to tough it out and play the following week in both instances.
He takes pride in his durability and longevity. Apparently, his ironman mantra was instilled at an early age.
“I just hated missing games. I never liked to miss games. I never liked to miss plays. Even as a little kid. I hated missing anytime someone was playing. That’s just something I’ve always had. I don’t know, I guess I brought it with me to the NFL,” said Quin.
After being selected in the fourth round in 2009, he shamelessly admits knowing all 22 defensive backs who were taken before him. He checks up on them regularly, constantly comparing stats and sizing himself up to his fellow DB draft mates. There is one category in which Quin has no close competition.
“There’s only one guy out of the whole draft class that’s ahead of me and it’s not a DB. No DBs. Only one guy total and that’s James Laurinaitis (111).”
The Flint native, Brandon Carr, is the only other active defensive back to sit above the 100 game milestone. He currently rests at 127 straight starts and hasn’t missed a start in his entire eight-year career. All-time, Ronde Barber holds the record at 215, while playing both corner and safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the juxtaposition might not be even-handed as both aforementioned players would be considered cornerbacks. Quin, on the other hand, is a safety, where you can’t run and hide from contact and injury.