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May 4, 2012
Legacy joining Pitt as a walk-on
The Quirin family knows something about Pitt football.
Terry Quirin was an offensive lineman at Pitt in the program's heyday, lettering from 1979-81 and lining up at center for some of the best offensive lines the Panthers have seen. He was even immortalized in the famous photo of quarterback Dan Marino and his linemen, with the linemen dressed as Marino's "protection."
Now Quirin's son will be joining the program, too. Pat Quirin is a senior at Central Catholic, and he'll be walking on with Pitt this summer.
"I gave the coaches my highlight tape of long-snapping and they said they were impressed," Quirin told Panther-Lair.com. "That was in February, and then I went down and met the coaches in early March. I met [head coach Paul Chryst] and a few other guys. It was a cool experience."
Quirin, 6'2" 235, will join the program to long-snap, a role he has experience in from his days at Central Catholic. And while he looks forward to contributing as a long-snapper, Quirin hopes his future as a Panther will expand beyond that position.
"I'm going to be a long-snapper at Pitt and try to get my foot in the door that way," he said. "I'm going to work at that and try to get a roster spot at a more important position.
"I'm not sure what other position I would play; I'm not sure where I would put myself. I'm just going to work hard and do whatever the coaches ask me to do. My family grows late so I could be anything from a linebacker to a defensive end to a fullback. I could be anything."
Quirin had interest from a few colleges. FBS schools were interested in having him walk-on, while several FCS and Division II schools offered him a scholarship. But going to Pitt is a fulfillment for him as he follows in his father's footsteps.
"Ever since I learned about my dad and what he did there, I wanted to carry on his legacy at Pitt."
2011 was a short season for Quirin, who tore his MCL and suffered a partial tear to his ACL in a Week Eight game against Gateway. He said he did not need surgery on the injury.