My Story


Johnny Quinn

Hi, I am Johnny Quinn. I am a professional speaker and I travel the globe to inspire audiences by delivering thought-provoking and action-packed messages to businesses, teams and organizations. You will see me speak at a wide variety of events ranging from assemblies, banquets, businesses, campuses, churches, conferences, galas, meetings, seminars and other functions. The audience and age groups I speak to are just as diverse. I have relevant and impactful messages for corporate patrons all the way down to first graders. I did a TEDx Talk on Understanding the Olympic Mindset which I believe you will enjoy.

When I am not on the road speaking, my wife and I own and operate the Johnny Quinn Insurance Agency, helping families all over the state of Texas with their insurance needs. My team delivers a Gold Medal customer experience for everything insurance: Auto, Home, Life, Speciality, Business, Commercial and more. Do you live in Texas? Anywhere in Texas? Get a quote from my team!



It has been a goal of mine for a long time to write and publish a book. On February 7, 2018 that dream came true as I released my first book, PUSH: Breaking through the Barriers. After the first 12 hours on, my book was temporarily out of stock which was a pleasant surprise to see as a first time author. Don’t worry though, PUSH is back in stock!


Johnny Quinn was cut three times, lost 2.6 million dollars in NFL contracts and blew out his knee. Then he became an Olympian for the United States of America. From an NFL failure to a U.S. Olympian, Johnny’s “what’s next” attitude led him to success he never imagined. Johnny’s book equips us to embrace change, accept risk and learn to PUSH Through the Barriers, to live life on purpose.




I have an athletic background which has opened the door to many opportunities. I am a U.S. Olympian in the sport of bobsled and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. I have traveled the world with Team USA and competition has taken me to Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Switzerland. Competing, living and interacting within different cultures around the world has provided a unique perspective, and ability, to connect with today’s diverse workforce.

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    My teammates and I before walking in the Opening Ceremony with snowboarding legend Shaun White

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    Pushing our bobsled off the start block on Olympic ice

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    On the Olympic bobsled track going 80+ mph, with no seat belts

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    Celebrating in the leader’s box at The Olympic Games


During the Sochi Olympics, I got stuck in my Olympic Village bathroom and had to break down the door. The picture of the busted bathroom door has been retweeted over 27,000 times and seen by an estimated 10 million people around the world!
I have been featured on ABC, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, NBC Olympics, Fox Sports, TIME, USA Today and many other media and news outlets around the world. I even earned a spot to compete on the popular TV show, American Ninja Warrior!


The broken door from the Olympics, and meeting President Obama in the White House

I also had the opportunity to tour The White House and met The President and First Lady with my fellow Olympic teammates.


I declared for the NFL Draft in 2007 and was ranked in Top 10 at the wide receiver position in career receptions, career yards and career touchdowns at the collegiate level. 35 wide receivers went on to be selected in the 2007 NFL Draft and I was not one of them. Shortly after the draft concluded, I signed my first free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills. I signed my second free-agent contract in 2008 with the Green Bay Packers. After bouncing around the NFL for two years, I went on to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2009 as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. We played the Montreal Alouettes in the 97th Grey Cup and lost 28-27 on a 33-yard field goal as time ran out.

Fun fact: I am the third person ever (2014) to have played in the NFL and to have competed in the Winter Olympics. The first two people to do it were Herschel Walker (1992) and Jeremy Bloom (2002, 2006).


My first NFL training camp was with the Buffalo Bills.


My first NFL reception in historic Lambeau Field


The CFL was a great experience I’ll never forget.


I had one Division-I football scholarship offer coming out of McKinney High School (McKinney, TX) to the University of North Texas. At North Texas, I was part of three football conference championships and played in three bowl games (2002, 2003, 2004). I left as the schools All-Time Leading Receiver in receptions (187) and receiving yards (2,718). I finished second in school history in all-purpose yards (3,835). I also walked-on to the track and field team and helped anchor our 4×100 relay to the third fastest time in school history (39.92) and a trip to the NCAA Regional Track & Field Championships.

I graduated with my degree in Pre-Law in 2006. In 2011, I was inducted into the University of North Texas Hall of Fame as a first ballot candidate. In 2013, I was selected as one of two receivers to the University of North Texas All-Century Team.


Returning a punt in the New Orleans Bowl


Anchoring our 4×100 relay


Giving it my all in the 100 yard dash


My Blog is designed to share what I have learned and continue to learn on topics such as: Accountability, Contentment, Faith, Family, Inspiration, Leadership, Marriage, Mentoring, Motivation, Productivity, Responsibility, Social Media, Teamwork, Time Management, Travel and much more.

I dig-in deep on the lessons I have learned in pro football and what it took to become a U.S. Olympian. I dive-in to the knowledge shared to me by mentors of uber successful businesses and the daily decision making of leaders and winners. Jump-in with me by subscribing to have fresh content delivered straight to your inbox!



I married my lovely wife, Amanda (follow her on Twitter) on May 3, 2014! We have one dog, a boxer named Scout, who is the friendliest dog in the entire world. We enjoy being a young couple that can pick up and go on a moment’s notice. We are expecting our first child, a baby girl due in August 2018. I can’t wait to be a girl dad! When we are not traveling, we live in McKinney, a suburb 45 minutes north of Dallas, Texas.

My wife is gorgeous!

My wife is gorgeous!


Our amazing wedding day!


Our Baby Announcement on February 9, 2018: On the eve of the Opening Ceremony at the Winter Olympics, Amanda and I are excited to announce we are passing the torch to our next generation! Baby Quinn will make her arrival in August! #QuinnPartyOfThree #Pink #GirlDad



If you would like for me to speak at your upcoming event, please fill out my contact questionnaire. You can also contact me via email at and connect with me on social media. All of my social media handles are @JohnnyQuinnUSA and located at the top right of this website.


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