Years after they signed NFL contracts, two football players continue to annually return to Fort Dorchester High School to mentor youngsters.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn hosted the annual Lowcountry Football and Cheer Camp at FD June 1. For the past eight years, the pair of former FD Football standouts have reunited to return to their old stomping grounds and teach youth about the sport that brought them joy, lessons, friendships, notoriety, a livelihood and more.
Approximately 400 youth registered for this year’s one-day camp, which is free to participants. During the camp, participants got to not only mingle with Dunlap, Quinn and other NFL stars, but also to participate in football and cheerleading drills supervised by a professional staff of athletes and coaches. To make things even more interesting for participants, the staff also mixed in discussion sessions and non-football activities such as a paper airplane throw.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Dunlap made 47 tackles for the Bengals last season including 31 solo tackles and eight sacks. He has been a Bengal since the team recruited him out of the University of Florida.
In 2014 Dunlap had 66 tackles including 40 solo tackles. In 2015 he made 13.5 sacks.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Dunlap enters the 2019 season second in Bengals’ history in sacks (72.5). Known for batting passes at the line, his 30 passes defended between 2016-18 were the most in the NFL among non-defensive backs. He led his team in 2016 with 15 passes defended to become the first Bengals’ defensive lineman to ever lead the team in the category.
Quinn, also a two-time Pro Bowl selection, led the Miami Dolphins in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (9) last season in his first year with the club. He made 37 total tackles in 2018 including 24 solo tackles before the team traded him to the Cowboys.
The nine-year NFL veteran has proven he is valuable on both passing downs and running downs. Seven of his professional years have been with the Rams, which drafted him in the first round. His best season, statistically, was in 2013 when he made 57 tackles including 50 solo tackles and 19 sacks for the St. Louis Rams.