Man without a team
Estranged Patriots WR Glenn will watch game from homePosted: Friday February 01, 2002 4:18 PM
Updated: Friday February 01, 2002 4:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Suspended Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn has been following his teammates' doings from his home in Columbus, Ohio, and that's where he'll be for Sunday's Super Bowl, he told The Boston Globe.
"It's going to be a little hard to watch," he told the paper in an interview published Friday. "I've been watching the stuff going on down there. I think it's given me a little more motivation to get things right and just play football again."
The NFL suspended Glenn for the first four games of the year for missing a drug test in violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He returned on Oct. 14 against San Diego and had seven catches for 110 yards and a touchdown, but was inactive for the next six games because of a hamstring injury and a contract dispute.
The team suspended Glenn for the Dec. 2 game against the New York Jets after he refused to practice. Glenn came back and played three more games before the Patriots put him on the inactive list for the regular-season finale against Carolina.
When he missed more team meetings and practices, coach Bill Belichick suspended Glenn for the playoffs. Without their No. 1 receiver, the Patriots made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
"I'm happy for those guys. I'm not a part of what's going on, but you know I have some link," Glenn said. "I think it's best, especially the way things have gone, that I'm not around.
"They haven't needed me. They don't need me. They've proved that. I'm not upset about it. In some ways I wish I was there because it's the Super Bowl, and I remember what that was like in 1996."
Glenn is fifth on the Patriots all-time list with 4,669 yards and fourth in catches with 329. The 27-year-old Glenn made the Pro Bowl in 1999, when he caught 69 passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns.
But because of all the missed time, Glenn has just 14 receptions for 204 yards and one touchdown this season. Although he could earn more than $100,000 in bonuses if the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams, whether Glenn would get a Super Bowl ring is up to the team.
"He helped us win some games," his friend, wide receiver Troy Brown said. "I just wish he had better people around him to help him make better decisions."
On Thursday, NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw said he hoped Glenn's multiple grievances could be consolidated and resolved in a single case.
The union is also investigating whether the Patriots can place Glenn on the expansion list even though he wasn't on the active roster at the beginning or end of the season. And the union wants to resolve grievances over Glenn's signing bonus so the Houston Texans would know how much he would count against the salary cap. Glenn also has filed a lawsuit claiming the NFL discriminated against him because he suffers from depression, a disability that he contends caused him to miss a drug test and resulted in the first of several suspension.
"It's been a tough year. I feel like I never played football this year for the first time in my life. I felt like I was just going through one bad thing after another," Glenn said. "I just want it to end."
That would allow him to focus on finding a place to play next year.
"I hope we can just go ahead and settle it," Glenn said. "Let's take the month of February, talk, negotiate, whatever they have to do, and just let me go to another team where I can start my career over. I'd like to be able to get someplace soon so I could start learning the system."
And if he's still with the Patriots?
"If things were worked out, sure," he said. "But with all that's happened, it's best for everyone to just let it go. I mean, the Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl."