INDIANAPOLIS — Just two weeks into his 2008 college season, Eric Quintana’s football career was dealt a major setback. But in mid- December, the Plymouth native and University of Indianapolis offensive lineman was given news that helped revive some old dreams.
Quintana was invited to play in the 2011 Cactus Bowl Friday at Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium, an NCAA Division II all-star football game where he’ll get to showcase his skills in front of a national TV audience and scouts from around the NFL one last time.
“It feels awesome to play another game,” he said. “I was going to end my career at the end of the season. I wasn’t planning on going to the next level or anything like that, and then getting selected for this game, it’s very big. It’s a very big game for Division II. A lot of players actually go on to the next level and play in the NFL or arena league football. It just opened my eyes, and I’ve got some contacts for the next level. It’s going to be great to play in this game and show my skills to the nation... It’s going to be a good time and a good learning environment.”
Quintana is one of only 10 players chosen at his position for the Cactus Bowl, which is played in an East vs. West format. He is also one of only four Greyhounds ever selected to play in the 17-year history of the game, and he says he’s been getting plenty of congratulations around the UIndy campus for the accolade.