Winnipeg – Kevin Glenn practiced for the first time(this time) with the Winnipeg Blue bombers on Tuesday afternoon and then stood on the podium in front of a bunch of media with a big smile on his face. Glenn, who spent the longest period of his CFL career with the Bombers, declared that he actually thought he might be back one day.
“I always got told by my father and Jerry Maslowsky that I was going to end up back here one day before my career was over. I never thought it would happen but it happened, so I’m happy and I’m ready to come in and help the team any way that I can” said Glenn. “I started my career in Saskatchewan but this is the place where I spent most of my career. I was here five years and it was a great five years. This is the place where I got my first opportunity playing as a starter. So this is like a homecoming.”
The Bombers acquired Glenn from Montreal for a fourth round draft pick at the same time as they traded Drew Willy to Toronto. Glenn was brought in by the Bombers as insurance in case anything happens to Matt Nichols although head coach Mike O’Shea said Dominique Davis would likely serve in the number two role on Saturday when the Bombers host the Toronto Argonauts. Glenn is considered a quick study and is expected to pick up the Blue Bomber offence in short order. He says he was surprised that the Alouettes moved him. “Just from conversations that we had, I didn’t think my time in Montreal was at an end. But this is the CFL and you never know what can happen. I’ve been in plenty of situations like this before. I was dealt last year in October. As a player you stay level-headed, don’t get too emotional and make the best of it” said Glenn.
The 37-year old Glenn, now in his 17th CFL season, started 9 games for the Alouettes this season completing 71% of his passes for 2547 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His record was 3-6, leaving him with a career mark of 94-96. He has passed for 48,813 yards, 268 touchdowns and 193 interceptions in a career that began in Saskatchewan and included stops in Hamilton, Calgary, B.C., Montreal, Saskatchewan a second time and now Winnipeg a second time. During his 5 years with the Bombers, from 2004 to 2008, Glenn only missed 5 games and threw for 103 touchdowns and 71 interceptions. He had the best year of his career in 2007, passing for 5117 yards, 25 td’s and only 13 picks while earning the nomination as the East Division Most Outstanding player. That was also the year when he led the Bombers to the Grey Cup game, only to break his arm in the East final. That led to Ryan Dinwiddie quarterbacking the Bombers in a 23-19 Grey Cup loss to Saskatchewan. Glenn also led Calgary to the 2012 Grey Cup game in Toronto where the Stamps lost to the Argos.
O’Shea said he is delighted to have Glenn in Blue and Gold. In the words of O’Shea “How can you go wrong with the experience of a guy who has played 261 games, started 191 and thrown for nearly 50,000 yards?”