Mike Glennon

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Mike Glennon
No. 8     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Fairfax County, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Chantilly (VA) Westfield
College: NC State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Debuted in 2013 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Week (Week 12, 2013)
  • PFW/PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 3, 2014
TDsINTs 20-9
Passing yards 2,729
Passer rating 84.6
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Joseph Glennon (born December 12, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for North Carolina State University. Glennon was drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Glennon attended Westfield High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, and played for the Westfield Bulldogs high school football and basketball teams. As senior, he completed 171 of 265 passes for 2,557 yards and 32 touchdowns. Glennon led his team to an undefeated 15-0 record and the Virginia Division 6 AAA State championship title after the Bulldogs defeated the Woodbridge Vikings 42-14. He was the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year and was a Parade magazine high school All-American.[1] He was rated the third best quarterback recruit in the nation by Rivals.com in 2008.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Mike Glennon
Centreville, Virginia Westfield High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 4.9 Jan 25, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5 (QB)   Rivals: 3 (QB), 3 (Virginia)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Glennon enrolled in North Carolina State University, where he played for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 2008 to 2012. In 2008, he was redshirted. In 2009 and 2010, he was the backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson. During that time he completed 33 of 52 passes for 326 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. As a junior in 2011, he took over as the starter.[3] For the 2011 season, he completed 283 of 453 passes for 3,054 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In 2012, he completed 330 of 564 passes for 4,031 yards with 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Glennon was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round with the 73rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the third quarterback taken in the draft behind E. J. Manuel and Geno Smith.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 7⅛ in 225 lb 33⅛ in 9⅝ in 4.94 s 1.74 s 2.78 s 4.52 s 7.49 s 26½ in 8 ft 6 in 26
All results from the 2013 NFL Combine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

2013: Rookie year[edit]

On April 26, 2013, Glennon was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round (73rd overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft. On June 12, 2013, Glennon signed a four-year contract with the Buccaneers worth $3,104,063, with a $637,500 signing bonus.[5]

On September 25, 2013, it was announced Glennon would start in Week 4 over Josh Freeman, after an 0–3 start to the season for the Bucs. Glennon's first career start began well, as he threw his first career touchdown to Mike Williams, and led the Bucs to a 10-0 lead through three quarters. Despite the strong start, things would go bad quickly for Glennon. With a 10-3 lead and 3:18 left in the game, Glennon was intercepted by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson on his own 24 yard line. The Cardinals quickly scored 6 seconds later to tie the game at 10-10. After a quick 3 and out by the Bucs, the Cardinals kicked a field goal to take a 13-10 lead, with 1:29 left in the game. With 40 seconds left in the game, Glennon, who was trying to lead a quick fourth-quarter comeback, was once again intercepted by Peterson, giving Glennon a loss in his first career start, and dropping the Bucs to 0–4.

After a bye week, Glennon looked better in the Bucs next game vs the Philadelphia Eagles, completing 26 of 43 passes for 273 yards, 2 touchdowns, and only 1 interception. However, the Bucs lost to the Eagles 31–20, dropping them to 0–2 under Glennon and 0–5 on the season. Glennon would continue to improve his play Week 7 vs the Atlanta Falcons, completing 26 of 44 passes for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns, and did not throw an interception for the first time in his career. However despite another strong showing from Glennon, the Bucs lost, 31-23 to the Falcons, and dropped to 0-6 overall on the season and 0-3 under Glennon. In his next start, Glennon had his first taste of Thursday Night Football in a Week 8 matchup vs the Carolina Panthers. Glennon completed 30 of 51 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown but remained winless in his NFL career as the Bucs tied for the worst record in the league, at 0-7. Glennon and the Bucs were massive underdogs coming into their next game with the 7–1 Seattle Seahawks, who were at the time undefeated at home. Despite the odds, the Bucs jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, led by two touchdown passes by Glennon. Holding a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter, Glennon and the Bucs looked well on their way to their first win of the 2013 season. However, the Seahawks mounted a 20-point comeback, capped off by a game-winning field goal in overtime.

With the loss to the Seahawks, the Bucs fell to 0-8, leaving them winless through the first half of their season. Gleenon would get his first taste of prime time Week 10, as the Bucs took on the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Much like the previous week, the Bucs held a big first half lead, leading 15-0 late in the 2nd Quarter. However, the Bucs would once again blow their lead, and trailed 19-15 into the 4th quarter. The Bucs would refuse to lose however, as Glennon lead a late 4th quarter drive, capped off by a touchdown run by backup running back Bobby Rainey. The Bucs would hold on to win their first game of the season 22-19, giving Glennon his first win as an NFL starter.

The Bucs would continue their momentum into their rematch with the Atlanta Falcons. Glennon would have a fantastic performance, completing over 80% of his passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bucs would dominate the Falcons 41-28, as Glennon lead them to their second straight win after starting the year 0-8. The Bucs moved on to play the Detroit Lions following their dominance over the Falcons. Glennon would throw 14-21 including a 138.4 passer rating. Glennon would also set a rookie record by having a touchdown in each of his first 8 starts to start a career. The Bucs would go on to beat Detroit 24-21 for their third consecutive win.

Glennon and the Bucs would be back to reality in their Week 13 rematch vs the Panthers, who had won 7 straight coming into the game. Glennon would perform unimpressively, completing 14 of 21 passes for 180 yards and an interception. Glennon would also not throw a touchdown for the first game of his career, as the Bucs were slaughtered by the Panthers 27-6, dropping them to 3-9.

After the defeat by the Panthers, Glennon and the Bucs played the 4-8 Buffalo Bills. Despite being a game between two sub .500 teams, it drew some interest as the battle between the two best rookie quarterbacks in the league, Glennon and Bills quarterback E. J. Manuel. Glennon had the worst game of his career so far vs the Bills, completing 9 of 25 passes for 90 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. However Manuel played even worse, throwing 4 interceptions. Despite that, the Bucs were led by a great performance from running back Bobby Rainey, and defeated the Bills 27-6, giving them 4 wins in their last 5 games and putting them at 4-9 on the season.

Glennon would look to rebound from his career worst performance going into a tough match-up with the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, who were looking to move closer to securing a return to the playoffs. Glennon would put out a better performance than the previous week, completing 18 of 34 passes for 179 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. It would not however be enough to result in a victory, as the Bucs fell to the 49ers, 33–14, and dropped to a lowly 4-10 record on the season.

Glennon and the Bucs finished their 2013 campaign with road games against the St. Louis Rams and division rival the New Orleans Saints. In their match-up with the Rams, Glennon completed 16 of 26 passes for 158 yards without throwing a touchdown or an interception. It was the first time in his career Glennon hadn't thrown a touchdown or interception. The Bucs would taste defeat against the Rams 23-13, and fall to a dreadful 4-11 on the season. The last game of their forgetful campaign meant nothing to the Bucs, but everything to the Saints, as they needed a win to sucure a playoff spot. Glennon wrapped up his rookie season completing 22 of 41 passes for 219 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception in a 42-17 blowout loss.

The Bucs finished their season 4-12, 4-9 with Glennon at quarterback. Glennon finished his rookie campaign with a 83.9 passer rating, completing 59.4 percent of his passes (247 of 416) for 2,608 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Glennon also carried the ball 27 times for 37 yards and no touchdowns. Glennon also had 7 fumbles on the season, losing 4 of them.

2014 Season[edit]

On March 12, 2014, the Bucs signed former Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown to a 2 year contract. New head coach Lovie Smith was quick to announce that McCown would be the starting quarterback for the upcoming 2014 season, leaving Glennon's future in Tampa Bay in question. On May 10, head coach Lovie Smith stated while McCown would still be the starter, Glennon is the Bucs' "quarterback of the future". Two days later on May 12, it was reported that the Bucs turned down at least six trade offers for Glennon during the 2014 NFL Draft.

Glennon made his 2014 season debut Week 3 on Thursday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. Glennon entered the game near the end of the first half, after McCown suffered an injury. At the the time of Glennon's entry into the game, the Bucs already trailed 35-0. Glennon preformed well, completing 17 of 24 passes for 121 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. However, Glennon could not stop the blowout, as the Bucs were destroyed by the Falcons 56-14. Despite Glennon's strong performance, Lovie Smith announced that McCown would remain the starter for Week 4.


Mike Glennon has an older brother and sister, Sean and Katie. Glennon's brother, Sean Glennon, was a quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies from 2004 to 2008.[6][7] Glennon completed his academic tenure at NC State with two degrees: a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, graduating on December 14, 2012. His GPA in the MALS program, which had an emphasis in leadership and sports management, was in the 3.8 range on a 4.0 scale. The curriculum included classes in financial management of corporations and investments and portfolio management.[8]


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