One could use many words to describe Quin Blanding from the National Football League (NFL), but he is not only talented and strong, but he is also relentless, flexible, fast, determined, and above all passionate in his actions. These qualities have earned him many awards, including the ACC Awards twice in a row and several All-American Awards. It has also made him popular in the hearts of many fans and made him a face that lovers of American football never tire of seeing.
Quin Blanding’s Biography
Quin Blanding was born on May 1, 1996, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His parents are Kevin Blanding and Cory Lee, but he was raised by his mother because his father left him after he was married (to his mother) for only a few months. His mother, Cory Lee, named him after a 1989 film called “The Mighty Quinn”. She has two other children he grew up with – Myki Lee and Jordan Lee. The siblings have pursued very different career paths; his oldest sister Myki Lee is a nurse while Jordan Lee works in the Navy. His path in athletics is said to derive from his father, Kevin Blanding, who played running back for Bayside in the 1980s.
Blanding was a three-sport athlete in elementary school with outstanding performances in baseball, soccer, and football. He later chose football when he enrolled at Bayside High School in Virginia, where he earned a degree in sociology in addition to playing football. In high school, he played in various football positions as a safety, tight end, wide receiver, and quarterback and was ranked a five-star recruit. After high school, he decided to stay in the state of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia where he played college football for the Virginia Cavaliers.
Career – College and NFL
Quin Blanding started the first game of the season for the Virginia Cavaliers on safety and played 12 games in the 2014 season. He had 123 tackles, which was the highest number of tackles for a rookie this season, and also broke Ahmad Brooks’ record for the Cavaliers. He also had 2.5 tackles for defeats and three interceptions. At the end of the season, he was named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.
His outstanding form continued into the 2015 season with 115 tackles, and in the 2016 season, he broke his team’s record again with 358 tackles, becoming the ninth player with more tackles in his team’s history. In his senior year, Blanding had 137 tackles and four interceptions for a 58-yard touchdown. In the 2017 season finals, he was voted Tackle Leader of All Time with 495 tackles and 10 interceptions.
Blanding played mainly as a safety, and during the 2018 NFL Draft, he was selected from the top 400 players who were critically analyzed for their strengths, weaknesses, and overall potential. He was analyzed as a player who follows the plan rather than instinct, who is relentless, who runs really fast, and is consistent throughout the game. It was also said that he has the potential to improve his weaknesses.
After college, Blanding had high expectations that he would be selected by a team in the 2018 NFL Draft, but that wouldn’t happen. He was not drafted, so he became a free agent and was to be signed by the Washington Redskins.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The game of American football does not allow people without an appropriate height. Therefore, we often find that many of these players are quite tall, even though some of them are taller. Blanding is no exception, he is already on the high side, which makes him perfect for the game. Quin Blanding is 6 ft 2 inches tall. An NFL player must be of considerable weight because the game requires an aggressive move, throw, and body movement to achieve an effect, so heavier players have a better chance of withstanding such intensity on the field. Blanding is well structured and weighs about 207 pounds. He is a young athlete, and he has a better chance of becoming heavier and stronger in the coming years.
American football is a game where size cannot be overrated, and at the beginning of each game, the players are weighed and measured to know their current body measurements so that they can know their performance potential and prepare for a Plan B for this season. The body measurements of Blanding are as follows: Arm: 31¾, hand: 8 3/8, height: 6 ft 2 in, and weight: 207 lbs.