Former Tar Heel Robert Quinn Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) knocks the ball from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) hand and forces a fumble during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Arizona 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Most Tar Heel fans are still familiar with the name Robert Quinn. The defensive end made a name for himself with the University of North Carolina before moving on to the NFL where he was drafted by the Saint Louis Rams, where he continues to play professionally.

This week Quinn was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week and rightfully so after a dominating performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Quinn recorded three sacks and forced two fumbles in last weekend’s game against the Cardinals. He also didn’t hesitate to put some pressure on the quarterback even when he couldn’t get the sack.

This is the second time that Quinn has been given a weekly award by the NFL, but it was his first on defense. In 2011 he earned Special Teams Player of the Week for blocking a point that aided his team to defeat the red hot New Orleans Saints.

Quinn has had many good games, but has also had his fair share of poor performances too. Quinn has shown this same potential before and analysts truly believe we’ll see many more performances likes this from Quinn. The only issue is, there is no consistency. It’s an up and down game for Quinn, but if he can find his rhythm…it will not be fun having to cover him!

Topics: Football, North Carolina Tar Heels, Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams

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