Quinn Fleeting has one game left in his collegiate football career at Western Connecticut State University.
It’s Friday, on the road at Westfield State.
Quinn’s father, Rob, is the head coach of the Windsor High football team and this season, for the first time, has been to all of Quinn’s games — except for this final game.
The Warriors were scheduled to play at Hall-West Hartford on Friday night. Rob Fleeting told his son he was going to have to miss the Hall game, to which Quinn replied “no way,” knowing his dad’s commitment to his own team. He’s never missed one of his own games.
So Rob Fleeting called Hall coach Frank Robinson and asked to have the game moved to either Thursday or Saturday.
“He did what he could and moved the game to Thursday at 7:30 [p.m.],” Rob Fleeting said while seated across from Quinn in their Windsor home. “It meant a lot to me. It says a lot about the coaching fraternity in this part of the state.”
“And I want to thank him, too,” Quinn chimed in. “My dad told me at one of my games that he had to miss my Friday game. I told him he can’t miss his game. I don’t care if that’s my last game. I want him to be there. He’s been my biggest supporter.”
Rob Fleeting assumed the reason the Hall coach was so accommodating was because “family must be important to him, too.”
“It’s a pretty special thing to be able to watch your son play his final game,” Robinson said. “Rob Fleeting does a great job, he’s a character guy. He and his staff, we’ve always gotten along with them, so a lot of respect there but I understand the whole family issue. I played for my dad and now I have a son playing for me. … We understand this whole situation.”
So Quinn’s No. 1 fan, his No. 1 supporter will be at the game Friday.
“I know a lot of people say this but really, if it wasn’t for my dad, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Quinn, who has had an outstanding senior season, throwing for 2,462 yards and 25 touchdowns with just two interceptions for the 7-2 Colonials, who play in the Division III Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference and are 5-2 in conference play.
Football keeps Quinn and his dad together, always did.
“Just to see him there gets me going even more,” Quinn said. “I don’t know. It’s just a certain connection we have. That’s why I love the game so much.”
Quinn, a 6-foot, 180-pound dual-threat QB, has been named the league’s offensive player of the week five times. Prior to college, Quinn played for his dad, starting at quarterback since his sophomore year. He went 28-3 before graduating.
Quinn plans to pursue a professional football career, but if that doesn’t pan out, he has another idea.
“I could see myself coaching with him, I wouldn’t want to replace him,” he said. “I can’t do that.”