Terry Glenn made a name for himself during his 12 years in the NFL. He played six seasons for the New England Patriots, one season for the Green Bay Packers, and five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 2007, according to ESPN.
Glenn was also known for being the wide receiver to catch Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s first professional touchdown pass:
— ’03 Kliff Kingsbury (@fearthe_beard11) November 20, 2017
His illustrious career included almost 9,000 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns, ESPN reported, but Glenn’s reputation was also marred by multiple arrests over the years which spurred from assault, public intoxication, public urination, possession of marijuana, auto theft of a rental car, and driving under the influence. But the former football player was seemingly getting his life back on track — he had not been arrested since 2011.
Sadly, the 43-year-old passed away after he was ejected from his vehicle early Monday morning.Al Bello/Getty Images
According to TMZ, Glenn and a passenger were involved in a single car accident in Irving, Texas. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
The passenger, reported to be Glenn’s fiancée, Verina LeGrand, The Associated Press reported, survived the accident. The pair had recently become engaged; a video posted to Twitter just hours after the news broke of his passing shows Glenn proposing to LeGrand:
In one of his last great moments, Terry Glenn proposing to his fiancee Verina LeGrand. Prayers to her. She was also injured in the crash. She posted this video on Facebook last month. I talked to him. He was excited and happy pic.twitter.com/7GTTtfjlhS
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 20, 2017
According to the AP, LeGrand was admitted to the intensive care unit following the accident. Her family members took to Facebook to offer prayers for LeGrand:
And former teammates remembered Glenn:
I’m speechless. My @Patriots Class Of ‘96 teammate and hands down most talented natural athlete I’ve seen in person. Terry kept to himself but was a good Dude with a big smile that lit up the room when it came out. #RIP #Patriots https://t.co/xk5HCng1gj
— Lawyer Milloy (@LawyerMilloy) November 20, 2017
Awful news on Terry Glenn…most gifted receiver I’ve ever played with
— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) November 20, 2017
Asking for prayers for Terry Glenn’s family he passed away this morning from car accident prayers for his fiancée ???
— tony casillas (@tccasillas) November 20, 2017
My prayers to the family of Terry Glenn. A Buckeye great and a friend. pic.twitter.com/qrqJGLCCZa
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) November 20, 2017
Incredibly sad to hear about my buddy Terry Glenn. Overcame a ton of adversity to become an excellent person. May your soul rest in peace my friend. #riptg88
— Drew Bledsoe (@DrewBledsoe) November 20, 2017
ESPN producer Jason Romano pointed out on Twitter that Glenn’s children were the most important thing to the father of five:
So sad to hear about former Cowboys WR Terry Glenn’s death.
This is what he wrote on his website recently about being a Dad. Please be praying for his children. pic.twitter.com/UNrpdWN7QX
— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) November 20, 2017
Glenn’s eldest son, Terry Glenn Jr., also took to Twitter following his dad’s passing:
R.I.P. I love you to death and had a flight to leave Columbus today to be there. I love you and FUCK all the haters that we have had to deal with in our life. You were my only role model and I’m really gonna need some help getting through all this BS without you. https://t.co/rATPDtSVZa
— Terry Glenn (@TerryGlennJr) November 20, 2017
In 2016, Glenn founded 83Kids, a nonprofit serving foster children whose mission is to “bring hope and awareness to the foster care system but also to enrich the self-esteem of our displaced youth in order to create a mindset of a better life.”