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Skeets Quinlan
No. 21, 43     
Halfback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1928-06-22)June 22, 1928
Place of birth: San Angelo, Texas
Date of death: January 18, 1998(1998-01-18) (aged 69)
Career information
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 4 / Pick: 49
Debuted in 1952 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1956 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Rushing attempts-yards     258-1514
Receptions-yards     75-1181
Touchdowns     16
Stats at NFL.com

Volney Ralph "Skeet" Quinlan (June 22, 1928 – January 18, 1998) was an American football halfback in the National Football League. He played five seasons for the Los Angeles Rams (1952–1956) and the Cleveland Browns (1956). Quinlan was one of the first star running backs to emerge from Texas as football began to expand through the southern United States. He was a college star at San Diego State, though these teams did not experience much success, often overshadowed by the more prestigious larger programs at USC and UCLA. However, these teams were known for having some of the early forbears of the spread passing attack frequently seen today, using a variety of medium- to long-range passes that would create running lanes for Quinlan. He was regarded as a "speed" back, frequently jukeing between defenders in a distinctive motion known as "skeeting." This term has since gone into disuse. Quinlan's professional career was much less heralded, as he was only able to amass 1514 yards in the NFL before deteriorating joints drove him from the league. In his post-football life, Quinlan became a fixture in northern California's music landscape, releasing several soft jazz albums under the name "Skeeter Q."


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