Starter Pack: An Olympic connection

January, 21, 2014
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A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

Johnny Quinn’s NFL career ended on Aug. 30, 2008, when the Packers waived him at the end of training camp.

He caught four passes for 32 yards in his lone preseason with an NFL team.

But that was hardly the end of Quinn’s career in sports.

Two years later, after he sustained a knee injury while playing in the CFL, he discovered the bobsled.

This past weekend, Quinn qualified for the Olympics as part of the United States four-man bobsled team that will compete in next month’s Games in Sochi.

While it has been nearly six years since Quinn last put on a Packers uniform, quarterback Aaron Rodgers mentioned Quinn and his bobsledding career recently on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show, saying he was hopeful that his former teammate would make the Olympic team.

And now that he has, there's a Packers connection to the Olympics.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
  • We wrapped up our ranking of the Packers’ roster with those who were in the top 10 based on their 2013 performance.
  • We started another feature that will run over the next couple of weeks, looking at what the Packers have and what they may need at each position. We began at quarterback.
  • Senior Bowl festivities kicked off in Mobile, Ala., on Monday, which is another reason to be an ESPN Insider subscriber. Draft analysts Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl broke down the Senior Bowl quarterbacks and more .
Best of the rest:
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Weston Hodkiewicz wrote about the lost year that running back DuJuan Harris went through because of a knee injury, except that Harris doesn’t view it that way.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne looked at some of the safeties at this week’s Senior Bowl that might interest the Packers.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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