Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn is living with a tumor on the right side of his brain.
In 2007, Quinn was told by doctors that he would never play football again. But even more importantly, Quinn learned his health could be in immediate, serious danger.
“I’ve had this tumor since high school and they told me that week I wasn’t going to make it out of the hospital,” Quinn said Wednesday. “It changed my whole perspective on life. It’s kind of how I am, the way I am. I don’t know if you were ever 17 and told you wouldn’t make it out of the hospital in a week. It kind of messes with you a little bit. I think it did it for the better. It makes me realize there are more important things, just football is fun. Everything is fun. But the most important thing is life. As long as you’re happy with life at the end of the day tomorrow is not promised. As long as I can wake up with a smile, it’s a blessing.”
As a teenager, Quinn underwent an operation to shrink the tumor and reduce the swelling to his brain.
How often does he get it checked on now?
“I get a checkup on it once a year and make sure it’s not doing anything crazy,” Quinn said. “It’s been almost 11 years. So it’s much a checkup to make sure it’s stable. Nothing crazy going on up there. I mean, it is your brain. So if that shuts down everything pretty much shuts down. So going on 11 years, so hopefully it’s found it’s resting place and leaves me alone.”