Name: Johnny Quinn
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)
Year Began Bobsled: 2010
Prior Background: Professional Football
- Saskatchewan Roughriders 2009
- Green Bay Packers 2008
- Buffalo Bills 2007
Fun Fact: Only three people have played in the NFL and competed in the Winter Olympics (Herschel Walker, Jeremy Bloom and Johnny Quinn)
Johnny Quinn is a 2014 U.S. Olympian in the sport of Bobsled. He has traveled the world with Team USA, where competition has taken him to Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Switzerland. During the Sochi Olympics, Johnny got stuck in his Olympic Village bathroom and had to break down the door. The picture of the busted bathroom door has been retweeted over 28,000 times and seen by an estimated 10 million people around the world! Johnny has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, NBC Olympics, FOX Sports and competed on American Ninja Warrior. Johnny has toured The White House and met the President and First Lady. He even trained with a S.W.A.T team that showed him how to properly break down a door with a battering ram.
Johnny is a former professional football player, spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Only three people have played in the NFL and competed in the Winter Olympics (Herschel Walker, Jeremy Bloom and Johnny Quinn). He graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Pre-Law and left as the school’s All-Time Leading Receiver. Johnny also walked-on to the track team and helped anchor the 4×100 relay to a NCAA Regional mark and the third fastest time in school history. 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 one of two receivers for the UNT All-Century Team.
Johnny grew up in McKinney, Texas, where he was an All-State receiver at McKinney High School. Despite leading the State of Texas in receptions and finishing second in receiving touchdowns at the Class 5A level, 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. The Athlete Watch is a pro-active leadership course in college recruiting helping student-athletes and their families search for scholarships. Johnny regularly speaks to audiences of all ages and backgrounds on topics such as: “Goal Setting,” “Game Planning,” “Belief System,” “Faith Testimonial” and “Social Media Responsibility.”
Johnny 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.
Quinn played in the Oil Bowl (Texas vs. Oklahoma) and scored a touchdown. Texas won 28-7. Quinn also played in the Coca-Cola All-Star (Dallas/Ft. Worth) and scored the game-tying touchdown. East tied the West 14-14.
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 Biletnikoff 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.
Quinn also walked-on to the track and field team as a sprinter and competed in the 100-meter dash running a personal best of 10.62. He also competed in the 200-meter dash running a personal best of 21.80. Quinn anchored the 4×100 relay to the third fastest time in school history with a 39.92 and earned a trip to the NCAA Regional Track & Field Championship in Austin, Texas.
In 2011, Johnny Quinn was inducted into the North Texas Hall of Fame as a first ballot candidate. In 2013, Johnny was selected as 1 of 2 receivers for the UNT All-Century Team.
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.
After a brief stop in Buffalo, Quinn signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2008. After a strong off-season and being selected as a “Performer of the Week,” Quinn played in four pre-season games making his first catch on Monday Night Football versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Quinn made it to the final cut, but was then released.
In 2009, Quinn went north of the border to the Canadian Football League and was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Roughriders won the Western Division and met the Montreal Alouettes in the 97th Grey Cup, only to lose on a last-second field goal 28-27. Quinn started in four of the eight games he played in and scored his first professional touchdown on a 29-yard reception versus the B.C. Lions!
Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game and Johnny tore his ACL in the last game of the regular season. With the help of Peak Physical Therapy and the Michael Johnson Performance Center, Quinn completed rehab of his surgically repaired knee in 5.5 months. A week prior to training camp the Saskatchewan Roughriders released him.
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.