On Monday morning it was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that former New England Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn passed away at a hospital in Dallas, Texas following an automobile accident. Glenn was 43 years old.
Glenn played his first six NFL seasons with the Patriots, who drafted him seventh overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. During that timespan, Glenn played in 68 games and recorded 329 receptions for 4,669 yards and 22 touchdowns. He currently ranks eighth in team history in receiving yards and ninth in receptions.
In his first year with the Patriots, Glenn made an immediate impact on the team, starting 15 games and setting an NFL record for most receptions by a rookie with 90 catches for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns. His contributions that year helped the Patriots earn an 11-5 regular season record, claim their first division title in a decade, achieve their first playoff victory in Foxboro Stadium and advance to Super Bowl XXXI.
In a press release by the team, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft shared the following statement;
“We were shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news that Terry Glenn died in an auto accident,” Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said. “Terry was one of the most gifted receivers we have ever had. For so many Patriots fans, his rookie season will be remembered as one of the most impactful in franchise history. After a disappointing 6-10 finish in 1995, we drafted Terry seventh overall, and in his first year, he helped propel the Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. One of my favorite memories came when we hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional playoff game. It was my first home playoff game as an owner and just the second home playoff game in our history. It will always be remembered for the fog that filled Foxboro Stadium that day. Yet, on the first play from scrimmage, Drew Bledsoe threw a deep pass that disappeared in the fog and reappeared 53 yards downfield in Terry Glenn’s hands. We scored on the next play and ended up winning 28-3. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry’s family, his former teammates and friends who mourn his loss.”
As word spread throughout the NFL, former teammates of Glenn along with present players took to their social media accounts to share their final goodbyes and condolences with personal tributes.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 20, 2017
Incredibly sad to hear about my buddy Terry Glenn. Overcame a ton of adversity to become an excellent person. May your soul rest in peace my friend. #riptg88
— Drew Bledsoe (@DrewBledsoe) November 20, 2017
I’m speechless. My @Patriots Class Of ‘96 teammate and hands down most talented natural athlete I’ve seen in person. Terry kept to himself but was a good Dude with a big smile that lit up the room when it came out. #RIP #Patriots https://t.co/xk5HCng1gj
— Lawyer Milloy (@LawyerMilloy) November 20, 2017
RIP T Glenn, you will be missed. Prays go out to his family!!!#88
— K. Feezy (@feezy_k) November 20, 2017
Rest In Peace to my former teammate Terry Glenn, my prayers go out to his family. Gone to soon.
— jermaine wiggins (@jwiggs85) November 20, 2017
Awful news on Terry Glenn…most gifted receiver I've ever played with
— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) November 20, 2017
Very sad news on Terry Glenn. Hope his family is able to find peace & comfort in this incredibly difficult time. 🙏
— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) November 20, 2017
RIP T GLENN!
— Randy Moss (@RandyMoss) November 20, 2017
Very sad to hear about the loss my teammate Terry Glenn! A man with a remarkable story. He had himself in a much better place before he passed! God bless you & your family! RIP my friend!
— Troy Brown (@RealTroyBrown80) November 20, 2017
Man….#RIP to my former teammate Terry Glenn, who passed away this morning due to a car accident. Praying for his family
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 20, 2017
So sorry to hear about the passing of Terry Glenn. Sending thoughts and sympathy to his family, friends, and fans.
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) November 20, 2017
Bill Belichick on the death of Terry Glenn: "Deep down inside, he was a good person with good intentions and a good heart. … It's a sad day."
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) November 20, 2017
— Donald Driver (@Donald_Driver80) November 20, 2017
Please keep Terry Glenn’s family in your prayers… sad…
— Curtis Martin (@curtismartin) November 21, 2017
Also shared were some highlights during Glenn’s Patriots career.
44 career touchdowns.
Including… the first one ever thrown by Tom Brady.
Rest in peace, Terry Glenn. pic.twitter.com/ppJQto3rVV
— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2017
— Scott Sullivan (@SliceOfSully) November 20, 2017
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) November 21, 2017
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Tags: Damien Woody Drew Bledsoe Jermaine Wiggins Julian Edelman Kevin Faulk Lawyer Milloy Matt Chatham Randy Moss Scott Zolak Terry Glenn Troy Brown