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Quinn Meinerz’s path to the NFL and how the Broncos scouted him

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Quinn Meinerz’s resume is full of dirty jobs.

At the age of 15, Meinerz spent nights and weekends under the artificial lights in the back of the Ponderosa Steakhouse on East Sumner Street, not far from his home in Hartford, Wis., rubbing pieces of dried food plates and kitchen utensils. The kind of work wasn’t much fun, and being stuck indoors for most of his weekends was eating away at him.

His second job was better. A farm on the outskirts of town was looking for an extra farmhand, and he was happy enough to work outside and wear cuts. There were some not-so-fun parts, like picking up rocks, but he thoroughly enjoyed the work. The main problem was that it didn’t provide enough consistent work.

Job #3 was also outside, fortunately. His technology and engineering professor told him that a construction company was looking for “a big, strong guy”, and if he was interested, he could put them in touch. Meinerz, who weighed around 300 pounds in high school, felt it would be a natural fit.

“I was like, Hey, I’m a big, strong guy!Meinerz said.And the building stuff is on the outside. Let’s see what it’s all about.”

Meinerz mostly did menial tasks — setting up tools on job sites, clearing debris during demolition work, and moving liquid concrete from the truck to, say, where the new patio was going to someone’s house.

Concrete labor could be one of the most dangerous jobs, both physically and financially. If it tipped over, not only could the weight of the wheelbarrow shatter a metatarsal bone in your foot or ankle, but there was also an informal understanding that whoever dropped it had to pay a case of beer for the crew. . In particular, this side of the high stakes sometimes encouraged a certain spirit of play. Instead of leaving a few inches between the concrete and the top of the wheelbarrow, the driver once filled it to the top, hoping to get some free beer and maybe see how strong this kid was.

“I’m trying to move this wheelbarrow through wires and rebar and all this other stuff,” Meinerz says. “So when I went to lift it to go and move it, it just started to tip over. And usually when it tips over, you get out of the way, because the main thing that can happen is that it tips over and breaks your ankle…. They started laughing, as it started… rocking slowly, because I was trying to stop it. They were all laughing and then I got mad because they were laughing, and I knew what the hell would be. result if I [dropped it]. …So I grabbed it and managed to pull it up. And they all looked at me with wide eyes.”

He and his father later estimated that a construction wheelbarrow filled with liquid concrete could weigh around 400 pounds.

“They said they had never seen anyone do that,” Meinerz says. “Even the truck driver. Everyone was like dumbfounded. I pulled the wheelbarrow and threw it away and told them, Eff you guys for thinking I’m paying for a case of beerand everyone started laughing.”

About five years later, Meinerz has yet another dirty job. They pay much better and the work is harder, but it suits him all the same. As an offensive lineman for the Broncos, he fights in the trenches, helping create every bit of daylight for running backs and keeping passers at bay for every crucial second it takes for the quarterback to survey the field. .

It’s the kind of work Meinerz always wanted to do, and growing up in Hartford, Wisconsin, it’s what he was made for.

“Quinn didn’t grow up on a farm, but that work ethic is very strong in our community,” Meinerz high school coach John Redders said. “They pride themselves on how hard they can work, and that’s Quinn, 100%. He always wanted to improve himself and others wherever he had the chance to.”

It is, in essence, “the mantra of this region,” says Meinerz – one he also respects. “We pride ourselves on working very hard.”