After playing in just two games in 2013, former Weber State offensive lineman Pat McQuistan will have another chance to play pro football. The NFL's Atlanta Falcons signed McQuistan to its roster on Mon. Aug. 18.
McQuistan has played for seven different NFL teams in his career, two of them twice (Dallas and Tennessee). His career has been one of ups and downs, to say the least. And, to say that McQuistan has a remote chance of making the Falcons' final roster, well, you don't know much about McQuistan, or the not-so-magical, not-so-fairy-dust-sprinkled road upon which he's traveled.
McQuistan has had to get up from the proverbial canvas more often than Rocky Balboa. Yet, the 6-foot-6-inch, 317-pound behemoth seems to continue to field calls from NFL teams in this, his 8th season in the league.
The Falcons reportedly have a glut of offensive linemen battling for one roster spot. If there's one guy you don't want to bet against though, it's McQuistan.
McQuistan was initially selected by Dallas in the 7th round of the 2006 NFL Draft--four rounds lower than his twin brother Paul, who is still in the league playing for the Cleveland Browns. Paul has had little trouble sticking in the NFL. McQuistan, on the other hand, hasn't been able to find a team that wants to hang on to him, in years.
McQuistan's career started with the Cowboys, when he beat out the starter at his position and played in the big D for three years. Yet, his efforts weren't enough and he was traded to Miami, playing one year there before the Dolphins chose not to re-sign him.
And so began a series of strange twists and turns in McQuistan's life as a professional football player. After starting his career as an offensive lineman, NFL coaches began to see value in McQuistan as a blocking tight end.
A position like that would require athleticism, which McQuistan had in spades. Before coming to Weber State to play football, he played one year of baseball at a community college. At 6-feet-6-inches and 317 pounds, that notion might seem absurd to most.
But, McQuistan has never taken the easy road anywhere. Even after he was released by the Fins, he still found a home in New Orleans, playing 12 games for the Saints in 2011. Even so, New Orleans opted not to keep McQuistan--and so he was on the outside, again, looking in.
He found his way back to Dallas when the Cowboys re-signed him--and then cut him in 2012 before the season even started. Four days later, he found a place in Arizona with the Cardinals, was waived three weeks later--and then re-signed with the Cardinals for the rest of the season.
Once he landed in the valley of the sun, McQuistan also found himself back at offensive tackle. Yet, he also found himself back in the same place from whence he ended his last two seasons: unsigned and without a home.
Frankly, Rocky was knocked down fewer times in his career. But, the hits kept coming. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed McQuistan in August 2013--then released him three weeks later. In came the Tennessee Titans two months later to sign McQuistan--but that romance lasted for only two games.
Now comes the move to Atlanta, a hot and muggy stop on McQuistan's not-so-magical, not-so-fairy-dust-sprinkled tour--one that hopefully lasts for longer than a minute.