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 yearsEdit

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 MichiganEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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]


  1. "Confident Glinka Makes Good as Michigan Back". Deseret News and Telegram. October 13, 1960.,2691322.
  2. "Wolves' Fortune Depends on Soph". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 17, 1960.,3808376.
  3. "Two Toledoans To Aid Wolves: Glinka, Szymanski May Make Grade". Toledo Blade. July 23, 1959.,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.
  5. "1960 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  6. Tony Ingrassia (October 26, 1960). "Glinka Wolves' Answer To Miller". The Milwaukee Sentinel.,3020683&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  7. "Dave Glinka: He Arms Michigan For Grid War". Toledo Blade. September 24, 1961.,6509416.
  8. Bob Pille (September 26, 1961). "Dave Is Key To U-M Hopes: More Pressure on Glinka". Detroit Free Press: p. 31.
  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.
  10. "Wolverines Claw Blue Devils, 31-6". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 8, 1960.,1531241&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  11. "1961 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  12. Joe Falls (October 21, 1961). "U-M Puts It Up to Glinka". Detroit Free Press: p. 51.
  13. "Elliott Praises Dave: Glinka Had His Best Day". Toledo Blade. 1961-10-22.,3756052&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
  14. "Glinka Still Tops in UM Grid Camp". Toledo Blade (AP story). April 19, 1962.,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.
  16. "Glinkq Lost to Michigan For Season". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 23, 1962.
  17. "Glinka Out for Season". The Owosso Argus-Press (AP story). October 23, 1962.,2153846&dq=dave+glinka&hl=en.
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