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30 at 30: Number 28, Tackle Tarik Glenn

June 19th, 2013 at 12:48 PM
By Chuck Chapman

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Colts 101 is counting down the 30 most influential members of the Indianapolis Colts organization. Previously, we profiled number 29 on our list, TE Ken Dilger

In 1997, a year before Peyton Manning would become the "face" of the Colts' franchise, Indianapolis drafted his protector with the 19th pick of the NFL Draft, left tackle, Tarik Glenn. Glenn would protect Manning's blind side for nine seasons before abruptly retiring at age 31 after the Colts Super Bowl victory in the 2006 season.

Glenn was both durable and reliable during his career. He started all 16 games in seven of his 10 pro seasons, 154 in all. While he was at left tackle, Manning was sacked only 176 times, the lowest total in the NFL during that span. Glenn was rewarded with Pro Bowl nods three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Glenn's retirement came before training camp started in 2007. He cited a lack of passion for the game as the main reason for him leaving when he clearly had more left to offer. Glenn said that even the championship run the previous season was "draining" and at times he felt like he was just "going through the motions."

Glenn's early retirement had a profound affect on the Colts. The team drafted Tony Ugoh in 2007, seeing him as Glenn's eventual successor. Ugoh was forced into duty early and never lived up to the potential the Colts saw in him. From that point until Anthony Castonzo arrived in 2011, the Colts' pass protection suffered. The lack of suitable line protection was a major factor in Manning's ultimate departure from the Colts in 2012.

Glenn has remained in Indianapolis with his wife, Maya, and four children. He founded the Dream Alive program which provides after school mentoring to at-risk adolescents in the Greater Indianapolis area.

Glenn never considered leaving Indianapolis after his playing career was over. He told the Indianapolis Recorder in 2011:

"The city of Indianapolis has embraced my family since I was drafted here in 1997. Indy is an ideal place to raise a family in a healthy community."

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