The former NFL star, receiver Terry Glenn, who was the recipient of Tom Brady’s first TD pass with the New England Patriots back in 2001, has died Monday – November 20, 2017, after a one car rollover accident in Irvington, Texas. His fiancée, who was in the car with him, is said to be injured, though not of any serious nature. He was 43.
Glenn died somewhere around 1-in the morning at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Irving police are investigating the cause of the wreck which occurred at approximately 12:18 a.m. on Highway 114.
Glenn, a former Buckeye was living in the Dallas area, was driving when the vehicle left the highway, struck a concrete barrier and rolled, authorities said. Glenn was ejected.
Glenn the winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top college receiver in 1995. He was a first team for the Buckeyes in this year (1995). As a Columbus native, graduating from Brookhaven High School, Glenn had one of the most prolific statistical seasons of any receiver in the Buckeyes program history, catching 64 passes for 1,411 yards and 17 touchdowns. He still holds the single-game record for receiving yards (253 vs. Pittsburgh) and is No. 2 in single-season yardage history. His 64 catches in 1995 ranks No. 5 all-time.
Glenn, who had just 15-career receptions for 266 yards and no TDs entering the 1995 campaign, led the nation in yards per catch, was fourth nationally in yards per game and eighth nationally in scoring in 1995. One of his most memorable plays was wan 82-yard catch and run TD against Notre Dame, which as one of eight grabs of 45 or more yards that he had that season. (Enjoy in remembering this fine moment against the Fighting Irish):
This was indeed a splendid audition for what would be a great NFL career. Glenn played 12 seasons in the NFL, from 1996 to 2007, including six with the Patriots, five with the Dallas Cowboys and one year in Green Bay. He finished his career with 8,823 receiving yardage along with 44 touchdowns.
The Patriots drafted Glenn seventh overall in 1996 pre-Belichick – when Bill Parcells reigned as the top-dog in Foxboro. Glenn’s would set an NFL rookie record with 90 catches for a team that reached the Super Bowl – eventually losing out to the Green bay packers.
Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass was a 21-yarder to Glenn in a 29-26 overtime win over San Diego the year that Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe and led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title.
Current Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, has said: “I think he was, deep down inside a good person with good intentions and a good heart.”
Glenn arrived in Irving, Texas, where he would revamp his career with the Cowboys when Parcells was hired in 2003 and had a career-high seven touchdowns along with 1,136 yards in 2005. Terry had some incidences off the field that surfaced some questions. But, and purposely, I have elected to not mention any of it here.
“Terry was someone that we all enjoyed very much in his time with the Cowboys,” owner Jerry Jones said. “He was a gentle and kindhearted young man. Too young and too soon.”
Glenn spent his one year in Green Bay after leaving the Patriots following the tumultuous 2001 season.
“Terry was one of the most gifted receivers we have ever had,” New England owner Bob Kraft said. “For so many Patriots fans, his rookie season will be remembered as one of the most impacting in franchise history.”
Former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe expressed his sorrow via social media – “Loved this man. My son asked me a decade ago who my favorite receiver ever was because he wanted that jersey for Christmas. He got a Terry Glenn jersey from Santa,” Bledsoe wrote. “TG overcame horrible adversity to become a really good man. May your soul rest in peace my friend.”
43 is just too soon. But what we can do in the memory of this young man, is drop our heads for a moment and say a prayer for him and his family – and dedicate the upcoming game in Ann Arbor to him.
Thank you Terry for the great memories.