Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996, died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43.
Bill Belichick coached Glenn as an assistant with the Patriots during Glenn's rookie season. He was later Glenn's head coach in 2000 and 2001. Belichick traded Glenn to the Packers before the 2002 season after a tumultuous run in New England that involved legal trouble, injuries and clashes with the coaching staff.
During a conference call with reporters soon after the news of Glenn's death was published, Belichick remembered Glenn for his natural physical ability and "a good heart."
"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said, "and his rookie season was my first year here in '96, and 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. Terry's a very smart individual. Had a lot of, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think he was deep down inside a good person with good intentions and, you know, a good heart. Obviously it's very unfortunate. Very unfortunate passing. I mean, it's a sad day. Sad news."
According to reports, Glenn was with his fiancee at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.
James Harrison was a larger than life figure during his time in Pittsburgh.
It was as if God molded him to be a member of the Steelers: massive, physical, and an absolute bruiser.
But at the end of the day he is a football player. And athletes in this sport don't particuarly like time on the bench.
Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization were reminded of this fact in a very harsh manner.
At the end of the December, Harrison made a late season move to sign with the Patriots. It left his former teammates in Pittsburgh frustrated, and his former fans confused.
But at the end of the day he just wanted to be on the football field again. And that's exactly where Belichick put him.
Harrison had the opportunity to appear in many more situations, and had several sacks at the end of the season.
Now there is a new report from Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal that he could re-sign with the Patriots in 2018.
A source close to Price and Harrison said "there's a reasonable chance" that he could be on the roster next year.
He will be playing this upcoming season at age 40, and has previously stated he'd like to play one or two more seasons.
There have been all kinds of theories of what ultimately kept Josh McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.
NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran offered his here and here. Ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest said he was told it wasn't because McDaniels was promised to eventually succeed Bill Belichick.
Now comes Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who told NBCSports Network's "PFT Live" that you can cross off the theory that McDaniels' reversal was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis.
“This had nothing to do with his family,” King said. “It was about the Patriots giving him a better option than Indianapolis.”
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