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The Tragedy of Howard Glenn

Sadly, several players died while members of American Football League teams.  Guest blogger, Dave Steidel, remembers one such young man, the New York Titans’ Howard Glenn.

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#66 Howard Glenn

Howard Glenn was only twenty-six years old out of Linfield College near Portland, Oregon, when he earned a spot on the first edition of the New York Titans of the American Football League, wearing number 66 and playing guard.  Through the first three games of that first season Glenn was used as a spot substitute who would give breathers to those in need and filled in for those who were injured. During this time he had found a common thread of interest with new teammate Ernie Barnes, also a first year Titan lineman.  Both Barnes and Glenn shared an interest and talent in art.  Barnes of course would go on to accomplish great things in the field, but Glenn was remembered as quite an artist himself and would often sketch teammates.  Glenn and Barnes became fast friends bonded by art and football.  Then, following the Titans fourth game of the season in Houston on October 9, 1960 tragedy struck.

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