In Memoriam: Terry Glenn

Go and look at the 1996 NFL Draft. In that draft class, 33 wide receiver were taken and only 11 of them would go on and have great success in the league.

  • Muhsin Muhammad
  • Terrell Owens
  • Keyshawn Johnson
  • Eddie Kennison
  • Marvin Harrison
  • Eric Moulds
  • Bobby Engram
  • Joe Horn
  • Amani Toomer
  • Jermaine Lewis

and Terry Glenn.

Even though Glenn didn’t have successful careers such as Harrison, Johnson, Owens, Moulds and Toomer, Glenn proved in his 12 years in the league that he was a special talent.

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In his third year as a Buckeye, Glenn won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and was named consensus first team All-American.

Terry Glenn began his football journey at Ohio State University where he was a walk on for the team and spent two years on the bench with limited play before breaking out in his third year. In 1995, Glenn was named the recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff award after leading the nation with 64 receptions, 1,411 yards and 17 TDs which got him first team All-American honors as well.

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Only three rookies (Odell Beckham Jr., Anquan Boldin and Micheal Thomas) had 90+ rec and 1,100 yards performances  in the Super Bowl era.

His outstanding season led to him to the 1996 NFL draft where he was taken by the New England Patroits with the seventh overall pick. In his rookie season, Glenn set a blaze in the league by posting career high in receptions (90), 1,132 yards and 6 Tds. His rookie performance help New Engalnd to reach the Super Bowl where they eventually lost to the Packers.

 

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Even after posting a Pro Bowl season in 1999, The Patriots and Glenn relationship grew apart and edned his time in New Enagland. BTW, here’s a pic of him celebrating Tom Brady’s first TD pass in the NFL.

 

 

Even with his outstanding first year, Glenn relationship with the Patriots soured throughout his  five years there. Personal spats with head coaches Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells and off the field incidents led to inconsistent play in his last for years in New Engalnd. After a tremulous 2001 offseason, the Patroits decided to suspend Glenn for the first four games of the season and was later deactivated from the team by Belichick. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl that season and unfortunately Glenn did not receive a ring.

 

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In his only season in Green Bay, Glenn recorded 56 receptions for 817 yards and 2 TDs.

Next season, Glenn was shipped to Green Bay for two fourth-round draft pick. Glenn was able to be a productive weapon for Favre and the Packers in his only year in Titletown. Green Bay traded Glenn to Dallas where him and HC Bill Parcells reunited.

 

His time in Dallas is where Glenn rejuvenated his career. In his final four seasons in Dallas, he caught 208 balls for 3,337 yards and found pay dirt 20 times. In 2005, he re-established his relationship with his rookie year QB Drew Bledsoe where they connected on 10 of those 20 TDs. A knee surgery kept Glenn from appearing in the 2007 season and Dallas, who were worried about his health decided to release him the following year.

Even with his ups and downs early in his career, Glenn still had a productive 12 year career in the league where he finished with 593 receptions, 8,823 receiving yards and 44 TDs. Even with being in a draft class full of Hall of fame wideouts, Glenn has already established his resume as one of the league’s best.

 

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Terry Tyree Glenn – (July 23, 1974 – November 20, 2017). Rest In Peace 

 

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