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Robert Quinn Bringing New Meaning To The Word “Sack"

In just his third year in the NFL, St. Louis Rams’ defense end - Robert Quinn - is having a Pro Bowl caliber season. His ability to rush the passer is bringing new meaning to the word ‘sack.'

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If you weren’t familiar with the name "Robert Quinn" prior to the onset of the 2013 NFL season, you’re probably aware - at this point - that he’s become one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers.  With 15 sacks on the season, Quinn trails only Colts’ LB Robert Mathis [16.5] amongst the league’s sack leaders.  And whether it’s blowing by the opposing left tackle with what looks to be relative ease, stripping the ball and returning it for a score, or crawling on his knees fast enough to end the play behind the line of scrimmage, Robert Quinn is getting it done.

He’s bringing new meaning to the word "sack."

In preparation for next week’s Christmas feast, my wife tasked me with compiling a list of things she’d need to pick up from the grocery store.  The list, no doubt, was long but contained all the essentials.  Despite being a trustworthy, reliable spouse, the Mrs. still felt the need to check my list prior to making the short trip down the street.

"What, exactly, is a ‘Robert Quinn of potatoes,'" she asked with the front door already swung open. After staring at one another [uncomfortably, I might add] for a few moments, I broke the silence.  "You know…one of those big ‘ol Robert Quinns of spuds."  Her eyebrows furrowed as she glanced back down at the list, and remained that way when she looked back up at me.  After several more seconds of awkward tranquility, I fired up the computer, and a simple Google search helped clarify any confusion…



Robert Quinn

/rah-burt kwín/


noun: sack; plural noun: sacks; noun: Robert Quinn; plural noun: Robert Quinns

1.  a large bag made of a strong material such as burlap, thick paper, or plastic, used for storing and carrying goods

synonyms: bag, pouch, pack, satchel, Robert Quinn
example:  Kurt Warner scanned the customer’s groceries before placing them in the Robert Quinn.

2.  A loose, unfitted, or shapeless garment, in particular [historical]
*  a decorative piece of dress material fastened to the shoulders of a woman's gown in loose pleats and forming a long train, fashionable in the 18th century
example:  By the 1770's the Robert Quinn-back gown was second only to court dress in its formality.

3.  informal
*  bed, esp. as regarded as a place for sex
synonyms: bed, Robert Quinn
example:  After several Gronk-tini’s, Danny Amendola felt drowsy and figured it was time to hit the Robert Quinn. He suffered a collarbone injury in doing so.

4.  informal
*  dismissal from employment
synonyms: dismiss, discharge, Robert Quinn
example: After seemingly gifting the St. Louis Rams a Top 3 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Redskins gave Mike Shanahan the Robert Quinn.

5.  informal [Baseball]
*  a base, Robert Quinn
example:  Somehow [despite his size] Prince Fielder was able to beat the throw, as he stepped on the Robert Quinn before the 1st baseman caught the ball

6.  informal [Football]
*  the act of tackling the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a pass.
example:  Robert Quinn has 15 Robert Quinns this season, and should be packing his bags for Hawaii.


verb: sack; 3rd person present: sacks; past tense: sacked; past participle: sacked; gerund or present participle: sacking. verb: Robert Quinn; 3rd person present: Robert Quinns; past tense: Robert Quinned; gerund or present participle: Robert Quinning.

1.  (chiefly in historical contexts) plunder and destroy (a captured town, building, or other place).

synonyms: ravage, lay waste, devastate, raid, ransack, strip, plunder, despoil,pillage, loot, rob

example:  The defensive front of the Rams Robert Quinned the Saints’ offensive line for much of Sunday, giving Drew Brees little-to-no time to find an open receiver.

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