DETROIT -- After 10 seasons in the NFL, the last six with the Detroit Lions, safety Glover Quin has decided to end his football-playing career.
The 33-year-old announced on Instagram, with the help of one of his sons, that he is retiring instead of trying to pursue a new team to join.
"Thank you to the 2 great organizations I had the honor to play for," Quin wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to my great coaches over the years! Thank you to my great teammates over the years!!!! Thank you to the fans!! It was a blast!! Thank you to everyone that supported me and didn't support me over the years!, it is all love on this side!!"
The Lions released a statement, congratulating Quin on his retirement, and said: "Throughout his time in Detroit, Glover was the definition of a leader in everything he did. In addition to his consistent play on the field, his presence in the locker room for younger players and his natural ability to connect with our community defined his legacy as a Lion."
Even before the Lions released Quin in February, he acknowledged that his time in the NFL may be nearing its end.
"I walked out on the field (before our home finale and) I was just like, ... 'Wow, I've played on this field a lot of times,'" Quin said the day after Christmas. "Went out, went through my normal routine. I'm a routine guy. Stick to my routine, let the pieces fall where they may. I mean, probably I had a flight going home right after the game, so I didn't get to spend as much time after the game as I probably would have wanted, just in case. But it was cool. The game was cool."
Quin started all 96 games in his six seasons in Detroit, making the Pro Bowl in 2014. Last season, his first in a new defensive scheme with head coach Matt Patricia, was not as prolific. It was his first season since 2011 without an interception.
Quin served as the Lions' players association representative for his first five years in Detroit and, after spending most of last spring at home with his family in Texas, took a mentoring role with Tracy Walker, his presumed replacement at starting safety, during the season.
The fourth-round pick out of New Mexico played the first four seasons of his career with the Texans. He retires with 24 career interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, and played all but one regular season game in his career, starting 156 out of 159.
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