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Mike Quinn
White American male holding a football in throwing position, wearing a silver helmet with a star on the sides and a white jersey and silver pants
Quinn as a member of the Dallas Cowboys
Personal information
Date of birth: April 15, 1974 (1974-04-15) (age 35)
Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Stephen F. Austin
Undrafted in 1997
Debuted in 1997 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 2006 for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2003
TDs–INTs     1–0
Passing yards     20
QB rating     85.4
Career CFL statistics as of 2006
TDs–INTs     3–5
Passing yards     355
QB rating     55.8
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Michael Patrick Quinn (born April 15, 1974 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former professional gridiron football quarterback. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1997 and was also a member of the Rhein Fire, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He played college football at Stephen F. Austin (SFA).

Quinn began his career at Robert E. Lee High School in Houston, Texas. He moved his career onto Stephen F. Austin University where he started for one season, his senior season. After he went undrafted in the 1997 NFL Draft he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Pittsburgh, he ended up making the roster as the third–string quarterback. Following the season, he was allocated to the Rhein Fire, whom he led to the championship game. He spent 1998 and 1999 as a backup for the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys before signing with the Miami Dolphins. Quinn spent two seasons backing up for the Dolphins. In 2002, he was one of the first group of players signed by the National Football League (NFL) expansion franchise, the Houston Texans. As he had done for the previous years in his career, Quinn spent two seasons as a backup for the new franchise. The final year of his NFL career was spent with the Denver Broncos in training camp and with the Steelers' practice squad. After going unsigned, Quinn signed with the Montreal Alouettes joining their practice squad in August 2005, leaving the team after the season. Quinn joined another Canadian team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March 2006 but after receiving playing time in a backup role he was released in August.



Quinn attended Robert E. Lee High School in Houston, Texas. He was named to the state All-Star team during his tenure. Currently, he and his wife, Jennifer, live in Houston, Texas. At Stephen F. Austin, he majored in accounting.[1]

College career

On November 12, 1995 in a game against Southwest Texas State, Quinn came into the game for starting quarterback James Ritchey and threw three touchdown passes.[2]

In the game against Samford on October 27, 1996, Quinn led Stephen F. Austin to a 43–14 win after throwing a touchdown pass to Chris Jefferson at the end of the first half. SFA held the lead for the rest of the game.[3] Against McNeese State on November 3, Quinn led a come from behind win for SFA by throwing two touchdowns to Mikhael Ricks in the fourth quarter.[4] The next week, Quinn threw for 283 yards and threw four touchdown passes to lead Stephen F. Austin to another win making them 7–2.[5] However, against Southwest Texas State on November 17, Quinn threw 23 incomplete passes.[6]

Professional career



Quinn signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 1997 NFL Draft.[7] Quinn entered training camp behind Kordell Stewart, Mike Tomczak and Jim Miller on the depth chart, but after training camp Quinn had beaten out Miller and became the team's third–string quarterback.[8] He saw his only game action[9] on November 9 against the Baltimore Ravens, throwing for 10 yards on one completion.[10] Following the 1997 season, the Steelers allocated Quinn to play in NFL Europe,[11] he later agreed to play for the Rhein Fire.[12] In his second game with the Fire on April 12, Quinn completed 13 of 21 passes for 194 yards. He also completed two touchdown passes.[13] With Quinn as the starting quarterback, the Fire played in the World Bowl. However, Quinn was hampered by a sprained ankle and could not play in the game.[14][15] He returned to the Steelers after the NFL Europe season but was waived on August 31.[16]

After being waived by Pittsburgh, Quinn was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on September 1. Ironically, to make room for Quinn the Colts had to release Jim Miller who had lost a roster spot on the Steelers to Quinn a year earlier.[17] However, after signing Doug Nussmeier, the Colts waived Quinn.[18]

The Dallas Cowboys who were unsuccessful claiming Quinn 10 days earlier,[17] claimed him after he was waived by the Colts.[19] In Dallas, Quinn became the Cowboys second–string quarterback after Troy Aikman was injured and Jason Garrett became the starter.[20] He played in three games for the Cowboys in 1998, completing one pass for 10 yards. In 1999, Quinn did not play in a game for Dallas.[9] During the 2000 off–season, Garrett signed as a free agent with the New York Giants[21] and quarterback Paul Justin was signed by Dallas to compete for the backup spot with Quinn.[22] He was released on May 5, 2000.[23]

Quinn signed with the Miami Dolphins on May 23, 2000.[24] On November 6, Quinn threw a touchdown pass to Deon Dyer[25] but was waived by the Dolphins on November 10[26] only to re–signed him four days later.[27] In the 2001 preseason, Quinn sprained a joint in his shoulder and was waived/injured.[28] He was released from injured reserve with an injury settlement on September 6.[29]

The Houston Texans, the newest franchise in the NFL, signed Quinn to a reserve/future contract on December 30, 2001.[30] Following the 2002 NFL Draft in which the Texans drafted quarterback David Carr with their first ever pick, Quinn became the backup.[31] Quinn and Tony Banks ended up winning the backup jobs to Carr[32] over Kent Graham and Ben Sankey.[33] Banks was second–string with Quinn being the third–string quarterback.[34] The Texans waived Quinn during final cuts on August 25, 2003. He was the final member of the Texans first signings still on the team.[35] He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 17 after David Carr suffered a sprained right shoulder.[36] However, when Banks also became injured, Quinn was signed from the practice squad to backup the now healthy Carr and rookie Dave Ragone.[37]


The Denver Broncos signed Quinn as an unrestricted free agent in March 2004.[38] At the end of training camp, Quinn was released by the Broncos.[39]

Quinn was re-signed by the Steelers on September 22 and assigned to their practice squad.[40] He was released from the practice squad on November 10.[41]

Quinn was signed to the Montreal Alouettes practice roster on August 29, 2005.[42]

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Quinn on March 22, 2006 joining quarterbacks Tee Martin, Russ Michna and Kevin Glenn on Winnipeg's roster.[43] In his CFL preseason debut against the Montreal Alouettes on June 2, Quinn threw a 24 yard touchdown pass to Quentin McCord however the Blue Bombers lost 25–24.[44] After making the team out of training camp, Quinn injured his sternum and shoulder which caused him to miss three weeks.[45] In his first week back with Winnipeg, Quinn was forced into the starting role after Kevin Glenn suffered a knee injury.[46] However, a string of poor performances which included an interception in the end zone while Winnipeg was in field goal position led to his release on August 28.[47]


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  2. ^ "Stephen F. Austin handles SWT". Austin American-Statesman. November 12, 1995. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  3. ^ "Marshall toughens in Second Half". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. October 27, 1996. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  4. ^ "SFA rallies by McNeese". Baton Rouge Advocate. November 3, 1996. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  5. ^ "Austin College upsets Howard Payne". Dallas Morning News. November 10, 1996. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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  15. ^ "Sports Briefly Substitute QB helps Fire win World Bowl". Fort Worth Star Telegram. June 15, 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  16. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 31, 1998. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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  26. ^ "Dolphins waive third-string quarterback". November 10, 2000. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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  28. ^ "Teams sack veteran QBs". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 3, 2001. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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  32. ^ "Jaguars and Smith Agree to Terms". The New York Times. September 1, 2002. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  33. ^ "Ex-Redskins Graham, Banks Meet as Texans". The Washington Post. August 22, 2002. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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  39. ^ Schwab, Frank (September 1, 2004). "Anderson dealing with reality of season-ending groin injury". The Gazette. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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  41. ^ "Steelers running low on backs". Observer-Reporter. November 10, 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  42. ^ "Anderson est de retour" (in French). August 29, 2005. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  43. ^ "Quinn agrees to terms with Winnipeg". March 22, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  44. ^ "Alouettes rally to edge Blue Bombers". TSN. June 2, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
  45. ^ Penton, Kirk (July 17, 2006). "Michna to return". Winnipeg Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-09-19.  
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