Quintus Alonzo McDonald is a former professional American footballer who played actively in the NFL. He was born on December 14, 1966 in Rockingham, North Carolina. He won the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year award following his senior year of high school in 1984 at Montclair (New Jersey) High. While playing football in high school helped him become well-known around the country, McDonald had other goals in mind. He had a plan for everything in his life.
During his college days at Penn State University, he played as a backliner. Serious Penn State fans are familiar with his background; a decade - long struggle with addiction that started in high school stopped him from achieving the majority of his initial objectives in both football and life. He spent four seasons at Penn State, including serving as a linebacker reserve for the squad that won the 1986 championship, but he didn't start the games full-time until he was a senior in 1988. The Indianapolis Colts selected McDonald in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft. Between 1989 and 1991, he participated in 40 games with the Colts.
Even though he couldn’t live the way he had planned, he was not ready to give up. After marrying Karen Smith in 2013, he decided to complete his graduation in microeconomics that he had left due to his addictions. Karen Smith stood by him throughout the journey as a pillar.
McDonald was always open about his addictions and how he recovered from it. He has inspired millions of people regarding the issue through his life. Sharing his stories with the public has also been a part of his highlights. He finally achieved his goals that he planned during his high school years. Not only is he an amazing footballer, he is also a great inspiration to many young minds.
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