(WXYZ) — Former Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin is retiring after 10 seasons in the NFL, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein .
Quinn, 33, spent his final six years playing in Detroit where he became a defensive star and fan favorite. In February, the team announced they were cutting Quin.
"Playing professional sports was always a dream of mine. Football was the route I chose and God blessed me to be able to persevere through all the hardships and play 10 years in the NFL," Quin said to ESPN. "I'm so thankful for the opportunity I had to play in the NFL with such great players and two great organizations.
"Football was never who I was as a person. It was always what I had done. I wanted to use football as a stepping stone into the rest of my life and not let football be my life. I always only wanted to play 10 years. Said if I was able to walk off the field after the last game in Year 10, it would be really hard for me to walk back on. I'm young, I'm healthy and I got a lot of life to live. So I'm walking away from the game of football," he added.
Quinn started every game in his six season for Detroit, where he had 19 interceptions, two touchdowns, 424 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
He also played four seasons for the Houston Texans before signing with Detroit in 2013.
In all, he appeared in 159 of a possible 160 games in his 10 year career, starting 156.