About Johnny Quinn


Johnny Quinn

I am on a mission to deliver thought-provoking and action-packed messages to businesses and organizations of all sizes. Your audience deserves to be engaged and energized with the best content available (live or virtual). As a U.S. Olympian (Bobsled) and former professional football player, I have acquired tools to hand-craft each speech to perfectly align with your audience. Toyota, Chick-fil-A, Cisco, Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, Zillow, LiftMaster, Fiserv and Lockheed Martin are a few clients that have hired me to speak so you will be in great company. I have been featured on media outlets around the world, such as: ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, TIME, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Be sure to watch my TEDx Talk on Understanding the Olympic Mindset for a peek inside my speaking style and stage presence. To request more information on my speaking calendar and fee schedule, please click here. Keep reading below to learn more about my background. See you on stage soon!



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 Amazon.com, 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.




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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).


In practice with the Buffalo Bills


Trying to find the end zone with the Green Bay Packers


Looking for a hole with the Saskatchewan Roughriders


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


Running the 100m Dash



I married my lovely wife, Amanda (follow her on Twitter) on May 3, 2014! We have one daughter, Amelia Rose, who was born in August 2018. I want four children, my wife wants two, so we will do two. We reside in McKinney, a suburb 30 minutes north of Dallas, Texas.


My wife is gorgeous!

My wife is gorgeous!


What a special 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

  • Amelia’s first time to see snow!

  • Mommy, Amelia and Daddy

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