Former North Carolina Tar Heel Robert Quinn has had an impressive season in the NFL this year. Quinn has earned multiple player of the week honors throughout the season and just yesterday he was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Professional Football Writer’s Association.
Quinn put on one of the most dominant seasons by a defensive end in Rams history this year, collecting a team-record 19 sacks. He also forced seven fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Quinn was also a force against the run in 2013, as he paced the Rams with 18 tackles for loss. Quinn’s 19 sacks were the most in the NFC, and placed him just a half-sack behind Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis for the NFL lead. His seven forced fumbles were the most by a Ram since Leonard Little forced nine in 2002. – St. Louis Rams
The current St. Louis Rams defensive end left the University of North Carolina at the conclusion the 2010 season after having to sit his junior year out because of NCAA eligibility issues. He entered the NFL Draft in 2011 and was selected by the Rams in the first round as the 14th overall pick. In 2013, UNC sent a letter of disassociation to Quinn and has been banned from all athletic facilities on the campus.
The PFWA Defensive Player of the Year is just the first post-season honor earned by Quinn. Many more should be coming as the post-season concludes after his best season in the NFL to date.