NORFOLK, Va. — Quin Blanding's path at getting to the NFL started well, but got derailed slightly. Coming out of Bayside High School, he would go on to the University Of Virginia and made an immediate impact. Blanding was the first true freshman to start for the Hoos in 38 years. 

Once his career was over in Charlottesville, however, the 3-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team safety didn't get a nibble from the 2018 NFL Draft and wound up signing as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins. "It was a drag at first", he said. The 23 year old would do some soul searching and remained positive despite being waived by the Redskins before the start of the season. "I turned it into fun and I smiled each and everyday. I'm just that guy that's going to keep motivating myself and keep smiling." 

Blanding got good news in December of last year signing on with the Carolina Panthers. "You just got to get in the right system and I feel like I'm in the right system. I'm ready to go full force and I'm ready to play again."