During his phone conference this morning, Bill Belichick called the death of former Patriot receiver Terry Glenn, “Sad news.”
“Obviously, it’s a very unfortunate passing and it’s a sad day,” Belichick said.
Glenn was killed in an early morning car crash in Irving, Texas. The Dallas County Medical Examiners Office confirmed his death to the Herald this morning. Glenn was 43.
Belichick coached the former Patriots first-round draft pick both as an assistant under Bill Parcells and as a head coach.
“Yeah, well, I was pretty close with Terry. His rookie season was my first year here in (1996), so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots,” Belichick said. “Terry’s a very smart individual. Had obviously a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. I think was deep down inside a good person with good intentions and a good heart.”
The Patriots drafted Glenn seventh overall in the 1996 NFL draft, and he stayed with the team through 2001. He caught Tom Brady’s first-ever touchdown pass, a 21-yarder in the second quarter of a 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 14, 2001 at Foxboro Stadium.
Glenn finished his NFL career with 593 receptions for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns. With the Pats, Glenn caught 329 passes for 4,669 yards and 22 touchdowns.