First-Rounder Lands on Feet with Rams

6 years 7 months 1 week ago Friday, April 29 2011 Apr 29, 2011 Friday, April 29, 2011 4:46:55 PM UTC April 29, 2011 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- James Quinn recalled with amusement the time when his young son, Robert, pined for a career as a professional skateboarder.

After his 6-foot-5, 265-pound son raise a No. 1 jersey at his introductory news conference Friday with the St. Louis Rams, the father noted with pride that Robert eventually made the right call.
In sports and in life.

The fomer North Carolina defensive end was the 14th overall pick on Thursday even though he played only two seasons in college and despite the circumstances of his early departure. The
20-year-old Quinn was declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA last fall for receiving improper benefits, including jewelry and travel accommodations.

Quinn had 11 sacks his sophomore season and was considered one of the top pass rush prospects even without a junior season, but no doubt dropped several slots. Both of Quinn's parents said their son learned the hard way not to hang out with the wrong crowd.

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