Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn was killed in a car accident early Monday morning.
He was 43.
“Terry was someone that we all enjoyed very much in his time with the Cowboys. He was a gentle and kind-hearted young man. We are all terribly saddened by this news of his passing,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “Too young and too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his loved ones and all of the people who were touched by his life.”
The accident occurred at 12:18 a.m. Monday. Glenn’s vehicle left his lane of traffic and struck a concrete barrier that divides the express lane and the regular lane, according to the Irving police. The vehicle rolled and the driver was ejected. The cause of wreck is undetermined at this time. A passenger suffered minor injuries.
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“Terribly saddened to hear that news ... He was a guy we enjoyed around here ... Certainly way too early for a young man to pass away in a tragic accident like that,” Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 FM Monday morning.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Glenn starred in college at Ohio State.
Glenn was picked seventh overall by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Glenn famously clashed with Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells as a rookie. Parcells referred to him as “she.” But Glenn became an instant star, catching 90 passes for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie to help the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.
At the time, his 90 receptions were the most in a single season by a rookie in NFL history.
“I loved him,” Parcells said. “He was just one my guys, a special guy. All I can tell you is I’m very sad. I really loved him. I really did. This young man had a hard life. (At) 13 years old, his mother gets killed. He was by himself. I got him when he was really young. I always liked him a lot. It hurts.”
Parcells said the “she” comments were taken out of context.
“He caught a pass his rookie year down at Giants Stadium. It was late in the game in the fourth quarter and we were behind. We wound up winning that game in the last minute. I told him in the locker room, ‘you keep making plays like that, I’m going to call you Miss America,’ ” Parcells recalled.
Glenn would catch Tom Brady’s first touchdown pass in New England in 2001.
Before the 2002 season, the Patriots traded Glenn to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for two fourth-round draft picks.
He played one season there before the Packers traded him to the Cowboys, where he reunited with Parcells.
He played in Dallas from 2003 to 2007, recording two more 1,000-yard seasons in 2005 and 2006.
Glenn missed the first 15 games of the 2007 season and had been unable to even practice due to preseason arthroscopic knee surgery. He was released in the off-season.
Glenn finished his career with 593 catches for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns. He caught 208 passes for 3,337 yards and 20 touchdowns with the Cowboys.
Glenn remained in North Texas after his career and started the 83 Kids Foundation.
He leaves behind a new fiancee and six children — Terry Jr., 20, Natalie, 14, Samantha, 12, Christian, 10, Vanessa, 8 and Greyson, 6 months.