Former Broncos backup quarterback Brady Quinn stepped up in a big way, on and off the field Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Wednesday, Profootballtalk.com reported Quinn was named AFC Player of the Week.
Quinn completed 19 of his 23 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception in the Chiefs’ 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers, which was just the team’s second win of the season.
Following the game, Quinn shared some heartfelt comments about dealing with the murder-suicide committed by his teammate Jovan Belcher just one day earlier.
“The one thing people can hopefully try to take away, I guess, is the relationships they have with people,” Quinn told reporters. “I know when it happened, I was sitting and, in my head, thinking what I could have done differently. When you ask someone how they are doing, do you really mean it? When you answer someone back how you are doing, are you really telling the truth?
“We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
It was the first time in Quinn’s career that he won Player of the Week honors, and while the importance of football does not compare to life in the grand scheme of things, it was a well-deserved honor in the face of unthinkable tragedy.