Safety Glover Quin connecting with both teammates and fans in Detroit

Posted May 16, 2013

One of Detroit's primary free agent signings, Quin is taking advantage of the offseason workout program and Twitter to connect with teammates and fans, respectively

Safety Glover Quin was part of a three-pronged free agent signing day for the Lions that also included running back Reggie Bush and defensive end Jason Jones.

Quin, who started every game the past three seasons for the Houston Texans, is now acclimating himself to his new teammates and surroundings.

"It's different," he said. "I tell people it's kind of like being a rookie all over again. I'm trying to earn the respect of my new teammates the same way you are when you're a rookie."

The Lions are looking for Quin to provide veteran experience alongside fellow-fifth-year safety Louis Delmas within a secondary filled with young players.

Detroit drafted three cornerbacks -- Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green -- a year ago and used its second-round pick on cornerback Darius Slay this year.

"Everybody has different personalities in there," said Quin of his position group. "Obviously this is a good time to be around everybody, learn everybody; mesh, bond, all that good stuff.

"It's been fun, I'm glad to be out here."

Quin says being in Detroit is simply one of many culture changes he has experienced throughout his career.

He grew up in a small town in southern Mississippi before attending college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He then trained in Los Angeles prior to being drafted in the fourth round by Houston.

"Now I get to live in Michigan," he said. "Football has taken me all over to see all types of new things and learn different cultures, something so many people don't get to experience.

"Hopefully Detroit will be fun."

Naturally, Quin has already been taken aback by Michigan's unpredictable weather.

"It was actually nice last week," he said. "Then I come back this week and it's 30 degrees."

Yes, that is something even Michigan natives don't ever get used to.

Quin is looking forward to learning more about Detroit and the State of Michigan, though, with two young sons. He embraces fans telling him more about the area via Twitter, where he is an active participant.

"I like to interact, but I don't like to water it down," he said. "I don't like to just tweet stupid stuff every day. So I may go two or three days and probably not tweet anything.

"Then I tweet something and just start answering a bunch of questions and going back and forth and give people a little insight into who I really am and things like that."

Twitter has definitely added a twist to the world of sports and entertainment.

"I mean, it's weird to be able to pick up your phone and talk to a professional athlete," Quin says. "When I was growing up, I couldn't just talk to Jordan. I couldn't talk to Deion.

"You were just sitting at home trying to write letters to fan clubs and they never write you back."

Now, says Quin, a fan could simply decide to send LeBron James a message and he would probably see it, even if the fan never receives a response.

"Even though I don't get to respond all the time, I see comments," said Quin.

"I think (Twitter) was a genius idea. So any time I get the chance to sit back and relax and interact a little bit - especially coming to a new part of the states to Michigan - I talk with new fans and new people."

Quin is on Twitter @GloverQuin27.