CALGARY — On Saturday, Stamps quarterback Kevin Glenn will play his 200th career CFL game.
Coming out of Illinois State a dozen years ago, Glenn dreamed of being a professional quarterback and he got his chance in Regina with the Roughriders. The Detroit native didn’t know what to make of his situation, but he knew his opportunity was here and he had to take the most of it.
“I just took it one game at a time, and then one year at a time,” he said. “You never know how long you’re going to able to play this game — situations can always occur and you may lose football for the rest of your life. My biggest thing was to just take advantage and enjoy the moment — a lot of guys don’t get to do that.”
Glenn has played the game longer than most and he has tried to enjoy every moment. He didn’t even know he was closing in on the 200-game milestone.
“Oh, that’s pretty big,” he remarked. “Those kinds of numbers mean more when your’re finished. You can look back and look at what you accomplished, you can tell your grandkids and kids.”
The memories started accumulating early.
“I can remember the first time I started a game,” he said. “It was against Toronto and the reason I remember it because we were going back East and all my family was able to come to the game. We won the game, so it was very exciting.”
Since arriving in the CFL, Glenn has passed for at least 3,000 yards eight times including two seasons with more than 5,000 yards. On Sept. 14, he moved past Dieter Brock to move into 12th place on the CFL’s all-time passing yardage list.
He led the CFL in passing in 2007 and was the East Division finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award.
“Every year was memorable,” said Glenn, “because it was another year that I was able to come up here and play football — something that I love to do.” After previous stops in Saskatchewan, Winnipeg and Hamilton, Glenn is having one of his most impressive seasons in his first year with the Stamps.
Glenn’s pass-completion percentage is currently the highest of his career at 68.0 as is his QB rating of 99.4.
Joining the 35,000-passing yards club is a memory Glenn will undoubtedly look back on fondly at some point but for now continues to remain focused on the creating new memory material.
“I don’t think it’s come yet,” he answered when asked to put the current season into career perspective. “I can’t give a real honest answer until the season’s over. The last game of the season in November is where you really want to be and that will be a memory for me.”