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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 the game 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.”Read more... Join the Conversation...