Thursday, October 31, 2013
Mike Glennon, Russell Wilson share bond
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- When Russell Wilson was the starting quarterback at North Carolina State a few years back, he had a consistent message for backup Mike Glennon.
“He used to say, ‘I want you to push me, because that makes me a better player’," Glennon said. “I think we both felt that way. When he was out there, it was making me a better player because I saw what he could do, and then I was right on his feet right there, trying to get that job from him. I think, ultimately, it made us both better players."
Both ended up in the NFL. Glennon is a rookie playing for Tampa Bay and Wilson is a second-year player with Seattle. Their teams will meet on Sunday.
Glennon said he and Wilson stay in touch. Although Glennon had to bide his time at NC State, he wound up starting for two seasons. Wilson left NC State for Wisconsin with one year of eligibility remaining, which allowed Glennon to move into the starting role.
“He went on to [the University of] Wisconsin, had a great senior year, led them to the Rose Bowl," Glennon said. “Last year, [he] had a remarkable rookie year and is playing extremely well now. Then, for me, it gave me the chance to start for two years and give myself an opportunity to get drafted. So, it worked out for both of us."