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Rich Glover

Middle Guard

Richard Edward Glover

Inducted 1995

Date of Birth



Bayonne, NJ


University of Nebraska (1970-1972)


Rich Glover was the dominant play-wrecker of his time. His coach, Bob Devaney, called him "the greatest defensive player I ever saw." Nebraska was national champion his first two years and ranked No. 4 nationally in Glover's senior year. Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl all three years and won every time, beating Louisiana State 17-12, Alabama 38-0, and Notre Dame 40-6. For Glover's three years the Nebraska record was 33-2-1. He was a consensus All-America in 1971, a unanimous choice in 1972. He was named Lineman of the Year by the Washington Gridiron Club in 1971 and the Walter Camp Foundation in 1972. In 1971, he received the Chevrolet-ABC Awards for best line play in the Colorado and Oklahoma games. In his last two seasons he won the Outstanding Lineman Award in the Orange Bowl. There are two well-known national awards for linemen, the Outland and the Lombardi. Glover won both in 1972. Perhaps his most dramatic award also came in 1972: his picture was on the cover of the NCAA Football Guide. His school gave him two prizes, the Tom Novak for "courage and determination," and the Guy Chamberlin for "contributions to Nebraska football." Glover had two years with the Giants and Eagles before an injury ended his playing days. He had a degree in education, and he became a teacher and coach in the San Jose, California, school system.


Height 6'1

Weight 234

Career Highlights

  • 1972 All-Conference
  • 1972 Heisman - Third
  • 1972 Lombardi Trophy Winner
  • 1972 Outland Trophy Winner
  • 1972 Unanimous All-America
  • 1971 All-Conference
  • 1971 Consensus All-America
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