Notre Dame's Quinn finds photo shoot a bit odd

Updated: March 23, 2007, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Brady Quinn stood under the bright lights with one woman fussing with his hair and two more working at his feet trying to get his shoelaces just right.

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The former Notre Dame quarterback spent about two hours Friday posing for photos for Nike ads. He originally was scheduled to take part Wednesday in a shoot in Florida with NFL prospects JaMarcus Russell, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Greg Olsen, Amobi Okoye and Gaines Adams, but delayed it because he worked out Thursday for NFL scouts.

So instead he did a solo shoot and the images of Quinn will digitally be put in with the others. The photo will be used on a Manhattan billboard and for magazine ads, Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said.

Quinn said the whole process was a bit strange.

"They're touching up your shirt or your hair or your shoelaces, it's odd to me," he said. "I don't think I'll ever get used to that."

While he felt odd doing it, Stoyer said Quinn was a natural for endorsing products.

"He's the whole package," Stoyer said. "He's articulate, he's photogenic plus he's a stellar athlete."

Earlier Friday, Quinn was over at an AM General Corp. test track for an endorsement deal he has with Hummer. He was excited about the test drive he took at the obstacle course there.

"I was just thinking there's no way this car's not going to tip over," he said. "Somehow, one way or another it still ended up being OK."

He didn't seem as excited about the photo shoot, yawning several times between shots. Quinn knew he was in for a different experience when shortly after he arrived in the studio, he was swarmed with people trying to give him just the right look.

While the players in Florida worked up a sweat during their photo shoot, an assistant had to spritz Quinn regularly to make him appear that he was sweating. An assistant used clothespins on the back of his shirt to pull it taut to show off his physique. He looked over at someone he knew off to the side and shook his head with a smile.

"This is work," he said.

He struck various poses with and without a football. Photographer Chris McPherson told him to strike the Heisman Trophy pose.

"I didn't win it," Quinn said.

The third-place finisher struck the pose anyway.

Quinn said afterward he was a little disappointed with his workout Thursday for NFL scouts. He didn't throw, because he did that during his first pro day on March 4. He said he ran the 40-yard dash at 4.73 and he knows he can do run faster than a 4.7 and his vertical jump was measured at 36 inches and he's done 38 inches.

"I'm a perfectionist and it's disappointing when you can't display your best for people," he said.

He also met privately with Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen and coach Rod Marinelli. Quinn said his goal now is simply to be drafted as high as possible.

"It's not like I have any favorites," he said. "I'm just doing my best to put myself at the top of the draft."


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