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Jerry Glanville

Glanville in February 2009
Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-10-14) October 14, 1941 (age 80)
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No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
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Jerry Glanville (born October 14, 1941) is a former American football player and current head coach of the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League, former NASCAR driver and owner, and sportscaster in the United States. He served the head coach of the Houston Oilers from 1986 to 1990 and the Atlanta Falcons from 1990 to 1994, compiling a career NFL record of 63–73. From 2007 to 2009, he was the head football coach at Portland State University, tallying a mark of 9–24. Glanville has worked as an analyst on HBO's Inside the NFL, CBS Sports|CBS's The NFL Today/NFL on CBS and Fox's coverage of the NFL. He has also raced on the Automobile Racing Club of America circuit.

Playing career

Glanville played middle linebacker at Northern Michigan University, from which he graduated in 1964.

Coaching career

National Football League

During Glanville's time in the National Football League he was the special teams/defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions from 1974–1976, the secondary coach for the Atlanta Falcons from 1977–1978 and the Falcons defensive coordinator from 1979–1982, the secondary coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1983, the defensive coordinator of the then Houston Oilers from 1984–1985 and the Oilers head coach from 1986–1989, and head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1990-1993.

As an NFL head coach, Glanville was more famous for his antics and brash, outspoken personality than for his success on the field (his career record is 63-73). While coaching the Falcons, he regularly challenged and mocked opposing teams players on television and in interviews. He was also famous for often leaving tickets at will-call for the late Elvis Presley, wearing all black to be easily recognized by his players, and driving replicas of vehicles driven by James Dean.

When Brett Favre was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta, Glanville did not approve and said it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into a game.[1] Favre only threw four passes during his one season with Atlanta. After leaving Atlanta for Green Bay, Favre would go on to play 19 seasons, starting every game from September 20, 1992, to December 5, 2010,[2] and becoming the first NFL player to win three AP MVP awards, a feat matched only once since.[3] He would also appear in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XXXI.

United Football League

On March 21, 2011, the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League announced that Glanville would serve as the team's head coach and general manager.[4]

College football

Glanville was formerly the defensive coordinator for the University of Hawaii's football team, working under his former coordinator at Atlanta, June Jones for two seasons.[5] Prior to his tenure at the University of Hawaii, Glanville was the defensive ends/outside linebackers coach at Georgia Tech from 1968–1973 and the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky University in 1967.

On February 28, 2007, he accepted the head coaching position at Portland State University (PSU), his first college head coaching job.[6] Glanville, who replaced Tim Walsh, was PSU's 12th head coach in the history of the program. He resigned this position with the support of the university on November 17, 2009, with an overall record of 9–24 during his tenure.[6]

NASCAR career

Jerry also had a brief career as the Owner/Driver of a black #81 Craftsman Truck Series from 1995 thru 1999, with a best finish of 14th four times. He finished 18th in the points in 1995 as his best points position of his career.

In media

The Sega Genesis system offered Jerry Glanville's PigSkin Footbrawl, a medieval-themed arcade-style football game. The game was a port of the 1990 classic arcade game Pigskin 621 A.D., released by Bally Midway.

Jerry appeared among the hosts of the pregame shows for Cartoon Network's annual Super Bowl parodies, The Big Game, from 1999 through 2001 - Tweety VS Sylvester in 1999, Wile E. Coyote VS Road Runner in 2000, and Bugs Bunny VS Daffy Duck in 2001. In the pregame picks for these games, he always picked the character who was not likely to win; surprisingly, in the Bugs VS Daffy game, he was correct in predicting that Daffy would win.

Head coaching record

National Football League

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
HOU 1985 0 2 0 .000 4th in AFC Central
HOU 1986 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC Central
HOU 1987 9 6 0 .600 2nd in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Denver Broncos in Divisional Playoff.
HOU 1988 10 6 0 .625 3rd in AFC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Buffalo Bills in Divisional Playoff.
HOU 1989 9 7 0 .563 3rd in AFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in Wildcard Game.
HOU Total 33 32 0 .508 2 3 .400
ATL 1990 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC West
ATL 1991 10 6 0 .625 2nd in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Washington Redskins in Divisional Playoff.
ATL 1992 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC West
ATL 1993 6 10 0 .375 3rd in NFC West
ATL Total 27 37 0 .422 1 1 .500
Total[7] 60 69 0 .465 3 4 .429


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Portland State Vikings (Big Sky Conference) (2007–2009)
2007 Portland State 3–8 3–5 T–6th
2008 Portland State 4–7 3–5 T–6th
2009 Portland State 2–9 1–7 8th
Portland State: 9–24 7–17
Total: 9–24


  1. D'Amato, Gary (2005-10-24). "Trading places". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  2. Jay Glazer (2008-08-06). "Packers trade Favre to Jets". Fox Sports on MSN. Retrieved 2008-08-06. "The month-long saga has finally come to an end, with the Packers agreeing to trade their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback to the New York Jets, has learned."
  3. McGinn, Bob (2005-11-05). "Year of great highs, lows". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-02-08.[dead link]
  4. Glanville, Jerry (2011-03-21). "Jerry Glanville Named Hartford Colonials Head Coach and General Manager". United Football League. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  5. Pasquarelli, Len (March 28, 2005). "Glanville figures to upgrade porous defense". Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Jerry Glanville steps down as coach of Portland State Vikings". Associated Press. November 17, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  7. "Jerry Glanville Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Retrieved 2011-03-13.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chuck Studley
Houston Oilers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Jim Eddy (vacant until 1990)