David Glinka
Michigan Wolverines
Glinka in 1960 Michigan-Minnesota game
Date of birth: January 22, 1941 (1941-01-22) (age 79)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
High school: Catholic Central High School, Toledo, Ohio

David J. "Dave" Glinka (born January 22, 1941) is a retired American football player. He played at the quarterback position for the University of Michigan from 1960 to 1962.

Early years[edit | edit source]

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Glinka attended Toledo Catholic Central High School,[1] winning all-city and all-state honors in football.[2]

University of Michigan[edit | edit source]

In 1959, Glinka enrolled at the University of Michigan.[3] He played quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1960 to 1962 and completed 107 of 237 passes for 1,394 yards, 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.[4]

1960 season[edit | edit source]

As a sophomore, Glinka played in all nine games at quarterback, three as a starter, for the 1960 Michigan Wolverines football team.[4][5][6] He was the first sophomore to start as Michigan's quarterback since Forest Evashevski in 1938.[7][8] He made his debut as Michigan's starting quarterback in the season opener against Oregon. Glinka completed 5 of 11 passes against Oregon and threw two touchdown passes (to George Mans and Scott Maentz) to lead the Wolverines to a 21-0 victory.[4][9] Against Michigan State in the second game of the 1960 season, Glinka completed 6 of 19 passes for 96 yards.[4] In the third game of the 1960 season, Glinka led the Wolverines to a 31-6 win over Duke. Glinka completed 8 of 14 passes for 111 yards.[4] On the first drive of the second half against Duke, Glinka led the Wolverines to a touchdown with passes of 34 yards to Scott Maentz, 11 yards to Bob Johson and 5 yards to Dennis Fitzgerald.[10] In week four, Glinka led Michigan to a 14-7 win over Northwestern, throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass to Bob Johnson; Johnson caught three of Glinka's passes in the game for 97 yards.[4] In the fifth game of the season, Glinka was intercepted twice in 10-0 loss to Minnesota. In the sixth game, Glinka completed 7 of 18 passes in a loss to Wisconsin. During the 1960 season, Glinka completed 54 of 124 passes for 755 yards and five interceptions. However, he also threw 11 interceptions in nine games.[4]

1961 season[edit | edit source]

As a junior in 1961, Glinka again appeared in all nine games for the Wolverines.[11][12] Glinka had his best game in a 16-14 victory over Purdue in October 1961. Glinka completed 9 of 11 passes for 170 yards, including a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass to Bennie McRae in the third quarter. After the game, Michigan head coach Bump Elliott said, "He really came through out there. It was his best day."[13] Three weeks later, Glinka had another strong showing in 28-14 win over Duke. Glinka was four-for-eight passing and threw two touchdown passes, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Robert Brown.[4] During the 1961 season, Glinka completed 46 of 96 passes for 588 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.[4]

1962 season[edit | edit source]

As a senior in 1962, Glinka began the season as Michigan's No. 1 quarterback. An Associated Press story in the spring of 1962 touted the strength of Michigan's quarterbacking corps and said of Glinka: "No. 1 quarterback, of course, is the ever-improving Toledo senior Dave Glinka. He's in solid with his bosses after two seasons as the leading signal caller. Michigan has been 5-4 and 6-3 in those seasons."[14] After being switched to defense,[15] Glinka was injured in the fourth game of the season against Purdue, underwent knee surgery on October 23, 1962, and missed the remainder of the 1962 season.[16][17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Confident Glinka Makes Good as Michigan Back". Deseret News and Telegram. October 13, 1960. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=336&dat=19601013&id=08lOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fkkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7062,2691322.
  2. "Wolves' Fortune Depends on Soph". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 17, 1960. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19600917&id=2ikxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MhAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7321,3808376.
  3. "Two Toledoans To Aid Wolves: Glinka, Szymanski May Make Grade". Toledo Blade. July 23, 1959. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19590723&id=YvxOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6AAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4624,1713147.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. https://web.archive.org/web/20071112175906/http://stats.ath.umich.edu/football/footstart.php.
  5. "1960 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1960fbt.htm.
  6. Tony Ingrassia (October 26, 1960). "Glinka Wolves' Answer To Miller". The Milwaukee Sentinel. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GiwxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6A8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5457,3020683&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  7. "Dave Glinka: He Arms Michigan For Grid War". Toledo Blade. September 24, 1961. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19610924&id=eHZRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HgEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4106,6509416.
  8. Bob Pille (September 26, 1961). "Dave Is Key To U-M Hopes: More Pressure on Glinka". Detroit Free Press: p. 31. https://freep.newspapers.com/clip/3675599/more_pressure_on_glinka/.
  9. "MICHIGAN VICTOR OVER OREGON, 21-0; Glinka Passes for 2 Scores and Raimey Races 25 Yards for Another". The New York Times. September 25, 1960. https://www.nytimes.com/1960/09/25/archives/michigan-victor-over-oregon-210-glinka-passes-for-2-scores-and.html.
  10. "Wolverines Claw Blue Devils, 31-6". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 8, 1960. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FnkcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KmUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2286,1531241&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  11. "1961 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1961fbt.htm.
  12. Joe Falls (October 21, 1961). "U-M Puts It Up to Glinka". Detroit Free Press: p. 51. https://freep.newspapers.com/clip/3675645/um_puts_it_up_to_glinka/.
  13. "Elliott Praises Dave: Glinka Had His Best Day". Toledo Blade. 1961-10-22. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=A14xAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0w0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5641,3756052&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  14. "Glinka Still Tops in UM Grid Camp". Toledo Blade (AP story). April 19, 1962. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xQwwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LwEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7323,533019&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  15. Joe Falls (October 22, 1962). "Faces Knee Surgery: Glinka's College Career Is Ended". Detroit Free Press: p. 30. https://freep.newspapers.com/clip/3675681/glinkas_college_career_is_ended/.
  16. "Glinkq Lost to Michigan For Season". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 23, 1962. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1962/10/23/page/50/article/glinka-lost-to-michigan-for-season.
  17. "Glinka Out for Season". The Owosso Argus-Press (AP story). October 23, 1962. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rTsiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IqsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2160,2153846&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
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