Kevin Glenn

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Kevin Glenn
No. 5     Edmonton Eskimos
Kevin-glenn 0130.jpg
Born: (1979-06-12) June 12, 1979 (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) QB
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg)
College Illinois State
Hand Right
Career history
As player
20012003 Saskatchewan Roughriders
2004 Toronto Argonauts*
20042008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
20092011 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20122013 Calgary Stampeders
2014 Ottawa Redblacks*
2014 BC Lions
2015 Saskatchewan Roughriders
20152016 Montreal Alouettes
2016 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders
2018–present Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Passing completions 4,068
Passing attempts 6,434
Percentage 63.23
TDINT 294-207
Passing yards 52,867

Kevin Glenn, Jr. (born June 12, 1979) is an American professional Canadian football quarterback who is a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was originally signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds and high school football at Detroit St. Martin de Porres. Glenn has also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Calgary Stampeders, BC Lions, and Montreal Alouettes. Glenn is the only player to ever have had his rights held by every team in the CFL.[1]

College career[edit]

Glenn played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds, where he set 25 school records during his four years there. He completed 645 of 1,119 pass attempts (57.6 per cent) for 8,032 yards and 61 touchdowns, and also rushed 247 times for 490 yards and eight scores during his college career. He once tossed 101 straight passes without an interception and, in 1998, he led the Gateway Football Conference in passing yards per game, passer efficiency, and total offence. Glenn led Illinois State to its first playoff appearance in 1998.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

Glenn originally signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on June 8, 2001. He appeared in 18 regular-season games for Saskatchewan in the 2001 season; starting for six of those games. Glenn completed 70-of-154 pass attempts (45.5 percent) for 938 yards, two touchdowns and nine interceptions. He recorded 28 carries for 152 yards (5.4-yard average) and two touchdowns.[3]

Glenn played in 11 regular-season games in the 2002 season as well as the 2002 East Division Semifinal. He started three games on the season. He completed 60-of-95 passes (63.2%) for 777 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He rushed 21 times for 83 yards and one touchdown.

Glenn entered free agency on February 17, 2003, but re-signed with the Roughriders on March 21, 2003. He dressed for all 18 regular-season games in the 2003 season plus the 2003 West Division Semifinal and the 2003 West Division Final. Glenn completed 40-of-his-73 pass attempts (54.8 per cent) for 508 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He also rushed 13 times for 48 yards and a 3.7-yard average.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On May 19, 2004, the Roughriders traded Glenn to the Toronto Argonauts for their best selection (third overall) in the 2005 CFL Draft, however later in the day, Glenn was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for their best selection in that draft (also the third overall selection).

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

In the 2004 season, Glenn played back-up to Khari Jones until Jones was traded mid-season. In 8 games that season Glenn passed for 2,329 yards on 274 attempts and 166 completions for an average of 14 yards. He also had 14 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Glenn also rushed 30 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. That season the Bombers finished with a disappointing record of 7-11, missing the playoffs

The 2005 season was more successful for Glenn. Despite missing three games due to injury, Glenn had his best season as a Bomber. He completed 231 of 403 pass attempts (57.3 per cent) for 3,571 yards and 27 touchdowns. His 27 TD passes was third best in the CFL. He also rushed for one touchdown on October 10 versus the B.C. Lions. That October 10 game at Canad Inns Stadium was arguably Glenn's best single-game performance of his CFL career. He passed for 410 yards and five touchdowns, including four TD completions to slotback Milt Stegall. Glenn would go on to surpass the 300-yard passing mark on five occasions in 2005. Despite impressive numbers from Glenn the Bombers finished 5-13.

The 2006 season was a year of great growth for Kevin. Though working in a brand new offensive system under new head coach Doug Berry, Glenn performed admirably. In a Week 8 game, Glenn slightly tore his ACL, but returned to the field to play his former team the Saskatchewan Roughriders in their Labour Day tilt. Glenn managed to lead the Bombers to their first playoff appearance in two years.

Glenn emerged as one of the CFL's elite quarterbacks during the 2007 season. By week 7, Glenn had the league's best quarterback rating (107.3), and had thrown for 2078 yards and 11 touchdowns (with only 3 interceptions). However, by the end of the 2007 season, Glenn's quarterback rating had fallen to 93.2, making him 5th amongst starting quarterbacks, in the 8 team CFL. Glenn led Winnipeg to the 95th Grey Cup with a win in the East Division final defeating Toronto 19–9 before leaving the game due to a broken arm and causing him to miss the Grey Cup game, which the Bombers would ultimately lose.

The 2008 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season started out poorly for Glenn with 976 yards, 2 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, a QB Rating of only 65.9, and 4 losses in 4 starts. He then lost his job to Ryan Dinwiddie who guided the team to their first win. After Dinwiddie led the team to its first win he started struggling and lost his next game and Glenn was given his job back. Glenn and the Bombers became the first team in CFL history to host and lose a playoff-crossover match.[citation needed] In the off-season quarterback Stefan LeFors was traded by Edmonton to Winnipeg in exchange for draft picks. Glenn was subsequently released on March 9, 2009.[4]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

Glenn signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on March 20, 2009.[5] He began the 2009 season as the backup to Quinton Porter, but after Porter struggled during the season, Glenn took over as the starting quarterback. Glenn led the Ti-Cats to their first postseason appearance since 2004 with a record of 9-9. Hamilton was eliminated in overtime in the first round by the crossover BC Lions. In his second year as the starter Glenn led the Tiger-Cats to another 9-9 season this time to lose to the Toronto Argonauts in the first round.

After a very strong year in 2010, Glenn saw his production decrease in 2011, throwing the same number of interceptions (17), but 13 fewer touchdowns. Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille elected to use a two-quarterback system for portions of the season which had Glenn sharing snaps with Quinton Porter. However, Glenn managed to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the playoffs for the third consecutive season with a record of 8-10 by starting 17 regular season games.

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

Kevin Glenn, shown on the sidelines during the Stampeders' final game against Edmonton for the 2013 season on October 18. During the game, Glenn passed Tom Clements to become Number 10 on the CFL's all time passing list.

On January 3, 2012, Glenn was traded to the Calgary Stampeders along with Mark Dewit and a conditional draft pick for Henry Burris.[6] Glenn was brought in by the Stamps to serve as a backup for starter Drew Tate. When Tate went down with a major injury in week 2 Glenn became the starter. Kevin Glenn went on to start the next 15 games for the Stampeders, winning 10 of them. His 67.9 percent completion rate during the 2012 campaign was the best of his career to that point.[7] Tate returned from injury and went back to starting status for the final two games of the regular season and the Western Division Semi-Finals. When Tate sustained a different injury in the Western Semi-Final, Glenn became the starter for the remainder of the 2012 playoffs. Glenn led the Stamps to victory over the BC Lions in the Western Final, but was unable to defeat the Toronto Argonauts in the 100th Grey Cup, losing 35-22.[8] During the 2012 season, Glenn passed Dieter Brock on the CFL's all time passing yardage chart, surpassing Brock's total of 35,025 yards.[9]

Glenn returned to the Stamps for the 2013 CFL season once again as a back up to Drew Tate. In similar fashion to the previous year Glenn came in relief of an injured Tate in Week 2 and was named the starter for Week 3 against the Alouettes due to Tate's injury.[10] Kevin Glenn started in Week 3 and 4 against the Montreal Alouettes, however, he was unable to finish the Week 4 game due to sustaining an elbow injury in the 3rd-quarter, sustained while taking a hit completing a 45-yard pass to Marquay McDaniel. On October 18, 2013, Glenn passed Tom Clements to become the 10th all-time leading quarterback in terms of passing yards.[11] Glenn played a total of 15 of the 18 regular season games in 2013, leading the Stamps to a league best record of 14-4, earning a first round bye. In the West-Final Glenn was pulled after the first half after struggling against the Roughriders. The Stamps lost the game, ending their season.

Ottawa Redblacks[edit]

On December 16, 2013, Glenn was drafted by the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2013 CFL Expansion Draft. Prior to the start of CFL free agency, the RedBlacks signed Henry Burris and named him the starter, leaving Glenn once again relegated to a backup role. On March 6, 2014, Glenn announced that he had requested to be traded, something he had discussed with the RedBlacks front office since the signing of Burris on February 4. Ottawa GM Marcel Desjardins had said that he would not release Glenn.[12]

BC Lions[edit]

On May 13, 2014, Glenn was traded to the BC Lions during the 2014 CFL Draft in exchange for the fifth overall pick in that draft.[13] With Travis Lulay suffering a major injury, Kevin Glenn started in 17 of the 18 regular season games, and also in the Eastern Semi-Final. Based on QB passer rating statistic, the 2014 season was Glenn's worst passing season since his 2008 campaign with the Blue Bombers. The Lions finished the season fourth in the West Division, but qualified for the playoffs by virtue of the "crossover" rule and the fact their 9-9 record was marginally better than the 3rd-best team in the East. The Lions lost the East Division Semi-Final by a score of 50-17 and head coach Mike Benevides was fired less than a week later despite having had his contract extended to 2016. Glenn was not re-signed by the Lions and became a free agent on February 10, 2015.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (II)[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Glenn signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, returning him to the team where he began his professional career.[14] Glenn was the backup quarterback on the depth chart and saw action in the first game of the season, when starting quarterback Darian Durant suffered a leg injury. It was revealed after the game that Durant had suffered a torn Achilles tendon, ending his season and making Glenn the starter. Glenn learned Chapdelaine's offensive scheme quickly and excelled, making Saskatchewan's offense the best in the league though the first four games of the season (all losses). Glenn played in 9 games for the Riders but the team struggled and quickly fell out of playoff contention.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On trade deadline day for the 2015 season (October 14, 2015), Glenn was traded by the Roughriders to the Montreal Alouettes, in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft.[15] At the time of the trade, the Alouettes had a record of 5-9 tying them for the crossover playoff spot; whereas the Roughriders season was over after they had been officially eliminated from post-season contention. Glenn played in three of the final four games for the Alouettes to close out the season, however, he was not able to earn Montreal a playoff berth, losing the crossover to the BC Lions.[16]

Glenn began the 2016 season as the starting quarterback on a crowded depth chart that included the likes of; Rakeem Cato, Vernon Adams, Brandon Bridge and Jonathan Crompton. Glenn started the first two games of the season of the Alouettes, had a bye for the third week and missed the fourth week with an eye infection.[17] Glenn started nine of the team's first ten games of the season, but only managed to win three of them. As a result, head coach Jim Popp announced Rakeem Cato would be the starting quarterback in Week 12, relegating Glenn to the backup role.[18]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (II)[edit]

On September 11, 2016, Glenn was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to serve as the back-up for Matt Nichols.[19] He dressed for seven games for the Bombers while playing in one, completing two of his four pass attempts for 16 yards. Unable to come to terms on a new contract, the Bombers released Glenn about a month before he was set to become a free agent.[20]

Saskatchewan Roughriders (III)[edit]

On January 23, 2017, Glenn signed a contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[21] During training camp and preseason Glenn beat out Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge, second year quarterback Bryan Bennett and former NFL quarterback Vince Young for the starting job: The latter two were released before the start of the season.[22] Glenn was the Riders starting quarterback for most of the 2017 season, however in the last third of the season he began splitting snaps with Brandon Bridge. In early August Glenn surpassed Ron Lancaster moving into sixth place on the CFL’s all-time passing yards list.[23] On September 29, 2017, in his 197th game as a starting quarterback, Glenn recorded his 100th win (tying Matt Dunigan for the eight most all-time).[24] Overall Glenn had a solid season for the Riders, leading the team to a 10-8 record and qualifying for the East division playoff via crossover.[25] On January 3, 2018 the Riders acquired quarterback Zach Collaros, the following day they announced they had released Kevin Glenn.[26]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

On January 15, 2018, the Edmonton Eskimos announced that they had signed Glenn to a one year contract.[27] Glenn's rights have now been held by every team in the Canadian Football League.

Career statistics[edit]

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2001 SSK 18 6 70 154 45.5 938 2 9 45.3 28 152 5.4 20 2 3
2002 SSK 11 3 60 95 63.2 777 3 3 86.2 21 83 4.0 20 1 4
2003 SSK 18 2 40 73 54.8 508 1 4 58.5 13 48 3.7 11 0 1
2004 WPG 18 9 166 274 60.6 2,329 14 8 92.9 30 125 4.2 17 2 2
2005 WPG 15 15 231 403 57.3 3,571 27 17 91.5 30 103 3.4 18 1 3
2006 WPG 16 16 249 430 57.9 3,427 17 13 84.1 40 194 4.9 15 2 3
2007 WPG 18 18 388 621 62.5 5,117 25 13 93.2 41 132 3.2 14 0 5
2008 WPG 18 15 293 454 64.5 3,637 20 20 85.6 29 102 3.5 13 0 3
2009 HAM 18 7 241 389 62.0 3,077 18 7 94.6 21 134 6.4 22 2 3
2010 HAM 18 18 388 602 64.5 5,100 33 17 97.6 27 185 6.9 22 0 4
2011 HAM 18 17 307 488 62.9 3,963 19 17 86.8 21 112 5.3 15 1 2
2012 CGY 18 15 325 487 66.7 4,220 25 16 97.2 20 120 6.0 16 0 7
2013 CGY 18 13 223 335 66.6 2,710 18 7 100.5 14 77 5.5 13 0 4
2014 BC 18 17 302 479 63.0 3,918 17 17 85.7 16 105 6.6 19 1 3
2015 SSK 9 8 171 257 66.5 2,174 9 10 88.2 10 40 4.0 8 0 2
MTL 3 3 71 106 67.0 756 7 4 93.9 3 14 4.7 10 0 1
2016 MTL 10 9 222 314 70.7 2,547 13 11 94.0 10 57 5.7 16 1 3
WPG 7 0 2 4 50.0 16 0 0 60.4 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 SSK 17 17 318 468 67.9 4,038 25 14 100.0 21 75 3.6 11 2 3
CFL totals 286 208 4,068 6,434 63.2 52,867 294 207 90.8 395 1,858 4.7 22 13 56
  • Games mean "Dressed For", not "Played In"


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  2. ^ "Kevin Glenn". Team Roster. Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  3. ^ Kevin Glenn Career Archived February 13, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Blue Bombers released quarterback Glenn". 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Tiger-Cats sign veteran quarterback Glenn". 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ Trading Places: Burris and Glenn switch sides
  7. ^ Fisher, Scott "He's A Keeper" Calgary Sun, September 19, 2012
  8. ^ Glenn to start in Playoffs
  9. ^ Fisher, Scott "He's A Keeper" Calgary Sun, September 19, 2012
  10. ^ Getting a start in place of injured Tate. 2013 season
  11. ^ posting Archived October 20, 2013, at
  12. ^ Veteran QB Glenn asks expansion RedBlacks to trade him
  13. ^ Ottawa Trades Glenn
  14. ^ "Glenn returns to the Roughriders". TSN. The Canadian Press. 
  15. ^ "At the Deadline: Als acquire Glenn in trade with Riders". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  16. ^ "Walk-ing on Sunshine: Esks officially best in the West". 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  17. ^ "Alouettes' Glenn out, Carter expected to play". 2016-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  18. ^ "Cato replaces Glenn as starting QB as Alouettes hope to reignite offence". 2016-09-05. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  19. ^ "Alouettes trade QB Kevin Glenn". Montreal. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  20. ^ "Blue Bombers release quarterback Glenn - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  21. ^ Riders sign veteran pivot Kevin Glenn
  22. ^ "Kevin Glenn earns nod as Roughriders' starting quarterback". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  23. ^ "Kevin Glenn moves to 6th all-time in passing yards -". 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  24. ^ "Notebook: Kevin Glenn reaches another milestone - Saskatchewan Roughriders". Saskatchewan Roughriders. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  25. ^ "Riders look to make playoff history on the road". Regina Leader-Post. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  26. ^ "Riders cut veteran QB Glenn - Article - TSN". TSN. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  27. ^

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