Brady Quinn was a Seahawk for only about five months, signed in the spring of 2013 to battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. It was a spot he ultimately lost when the team brought back Tarvaris Jackson, who beat out Quinn and went on to back up Russell Wilson as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
Quinn, though, left town with a soft spot in his heart for the Northwest.
“I enjoyed the city so much, loved the organization so much, the players and the coaching staff,” Quinn said. “I really wanted to get involved in the community here.”
Thursday, Quinn made good on that pledge.
Quinn’s 3rd & Goal Foundation today was at the forefront of a project to retrofit the Onalaska home of Sgt. Trevor Phillips, who lost part of his right arm while serving in Iraq due to a roadside bomb.
Also assisting in the project is the Everett-based company Coast Real Estate Services. As Coast Real Estate Services owner and co-founder Tom Hoban explained it, his company is donating the labor, Quinn’s foundation is paying for the materials “and we’re tossing a whole bunch of love at Sgt. Phillips’ house.”
Specifically, they are re-siding the house (that’s a picture above of the construction, courtesy of Hoban — Quinn is not picture. ) They are also renovating a few things to make life easier for Phillips, such as switching out light fixtures to long-lasting bulbs — replacing them isn’t so easy with one arm — and putting a cover on his deck.
“This is huge for me,” said Phillips, who is raising his 13-year-old daughter and also has a son. “A big deal.”
Such projects are at the centerpiece of the goals for Quinn’s foundation, whose mission statement reads in part: “The 3rd & Goal Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of our veterans. 3rd & Goal assists veterans requiring home improvements in order to make their lives more comfortable.”
Quinn’s father served in Viet Nam as a Marine, then later became a home builder — so renovating homes for wounded veterans only made sense to serve as the focus of his foundation when he began it while playing for the Cleveland Browns from 2007-09.
Quinn’s long-range goal is to align with other NFL players to renovate at least one home per year in each of the league’s 32 cities. For now, Quinn is doing what he can where he can — a similar retrofitting aided by his foundation is also taking place today in Quinn’s home state of Ohio.
While playing with the Seahawks last summer, Quinn mentioned his foundation to some team officials, and Phillips — a longtime Seahawk fan — was quickly identified as a worthy recipient. When Quinn was released by the Seahawks in the final cutdown to 53, though, the project was put on hold while he played with the Jets and then the Rams. Quinn, who had back surgery last November, was released again by the Jets earlier this month but hopes to get healthy and get back on another roster soon.
Quinn, though, said that after leaving Seattle, he told the Seahawks and others involved in the project that “we really had a commitment where we wanted to come back and help out even though I wasn’t with the team anymore. It just took a matter of time to put it together.”
Hoban was a natural to help out — he runs his company with his brother, Shawn, each Notre Dame grads who got to know Quinn, a quarterback for the Irish from 2003-06, last summer while he was with the Seahawks.
“The model here is ‘let’s get one done here in Seattle, bring some exposure to it, develop some local donors and take care of more in the area if we can, but also create a how-to kit so others can partner with 3rd & Goal to do the same,”’ Hoban said.
Phillips, retired from the Army since 2005, helped out a little with the project today, but left most of the heavy lifting to the others, and hoping that other veterans may someday also be similarly assisted.
“I purchased a home and didn’t know anything about construction and it needed a lot of work,” he said. “This helps me out a lot.”