Full Name: John Morgan Quinn III
Height: 6′ 0” (72 in)
Weight: 220 lbs. (100 kg)
Birthday: November 6, 1983
Birth Place: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Undergraduate: University of North Texas (Denton, Texas)
Graduate: Keller Graduate School of Management
Year Began Bobsled: 2010
Prior Background: Professional Football
- Saskatchewan Roughriders 2009
- Green Bay Packers 2008
- Buffalo Bills 2007
Fun Fact: There has been only 3 people that have played in the NFL and also competed in the Winter Olympics (Herschel Walker, Jeremy Bloom and Johnny Quinn)
Johnny Quinn is a 2014 Winter Olympian in the sport of bobsled for Team USA. He is a MBA candidate at the Keller Graduate School of Management via the United States Olympic Committee. Johnny has traveled the world with Team USA, where competition has taken him to Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Switzerland. He is a former professional football player, spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Johnny graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Pre-Law and left as the school’s All-Time Leading Receiver. He also walked-on to the track team and helped anchor the 4×100 relay to a NCAA Regional mark. In 2011, Johnny was inducted into the University of North Texas Hall of Fame as a first ballot candidate. In 2013, he was selected as 1 of 2 receivers for the UNT All-Century Team. Johnny grew up in McKinney, Texas where he was an All-State wide receiver at McKinney High School. Despite leading the State of Texas in receptions and finishing second in receiving touchdowns at the Class 5A level his senior season, Johnny was a non-recruited student-athlete. He did not receive an athletic scholarship until two days before signing day. Johnny is the CEO and Founder of The Athlete Watch. TAW is a pro-active leadership course in college recruiting for all student-athletes, parents, coaches and counselors. TAW is not a college recruiting service. For more information on TAW, please click here.
Johnny Quinn attended McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas and was a student and a standout in football and track. In football, as a senior, he lead the state of Texas in receptions with 80, finished second in receiving touchdowns with 15, and third in receiving yards with 1,106. He was a Class 5A first team All-District selection, a Class 5A second team All-Metroplex selection, and a Class 5A first team All-State selection. In track, he was a three-year letterman and regional qualifier in the triple jump and 200-meter dash.
Johnny Quinn had one Division-I football scholarship offer coming out of high school to the University of North Texas. At North Texas, Quinn was part of three football Sun Belt Conference championships and played in three bowl games from 2002-04. Quinn is the all-time leading receiver in North Texas history with 2,718 yards. He was a three-time all-conference selection from 2004-06 and a first-team all-conference pick in 2006. Quinn is second in school history with 3,835 all-purpose yards for his career. Quinn is only the second player in school history to lead North Texas in receiving in four straight seasons. He is second all-time with 187 career receptions and fourth all-time with 21 career-receiving touchdowns. Quinn is the only player in school history with more than 500 yards receiving in four straight seasons. He has six 100-yard receiving games in his career and two games of over 150 yards receiving. He led North Texas in punt returns for three-straight seasons from 2004-06 and led the 2005 team in kickoff return yardage. Quinn was nominated to the pre-season Bilentnikoff Watch List in 2006 and finished third in the country at 47 consecutive games with a reception. Quinn was a two-year team captain from 2005-06 and he was invited to play in the 2007 North-South Classic All-Star game in Houston, Texas.
In 2007, Quinn was eligible for the NFL Draft and despite being in the top 10 statistical leaders for career receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, 34 wide receivers were drafted and he was not one of them. Immediately after the draft, Quinn signed his first NFL contract with the Buffalo Bills as a rookie free agent.
During Johnny’s transition out of professional football he sent film showcasing his speed and acceleration to a pilot at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Johnny received a phone call two days before the 4-man team trials competition in October 2010 because a member on the team was overweight. Johnny flew in the night before the race and his first time on ice, ever pushing a bobsled, was at the team trials competition. The team Johnny was on took 3rd place and started a four year journey to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Johnny is a 4x U.S. National Bobsled Team Member and has competed and traveled the world with Team USA – Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. In 2013, Johnny was a part of the first USA men’s podium sweep in the 2-man bobsled World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York.
During the 2013-14 season, Johnny also went on to set the new power clean record at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, becoming the first athlete to power clean over 400 pounds! Watch video of Johnny Quinn’s record breaking power clean!
Johnny was named to the U.S. Olympic team on January 19, 2014 after a World Cup #7 in Igls, Austria. On Feb. 8 Johnny walked in Opening Ceremonies as a member of the 230 athlete delegation the United States sent to compete on the world stage. On Feb 22 and 23, he competed in the 4-man competition with Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen and Dallas Robinson. The USA-2 team took 12th place in the 2014 Olympic competition.