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Jerry Glanville
Glanville in February 2009
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born October 14 1941 (1941-10-14) (age 80)
Place of birth Perrysburg, Ohio
Playing career
1961–1964 Northern Michigan
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Western Kentucky (DC)
Georgia Tech (DE/OLB)
Detroit Lions (def. asst./ST)
Atlanta Falcons (DB)
Atlanta Falcons (DC)
Buffalo Bills (DB)
Houston Oilers (DC)
Houston Oilers
Atlanta Falcons
Hawaii (DC)
Portland State
Hartford Colonials
Head coaching record
Overall 63–73 (NFL)
9–24 (college)
College Football Data Warehouse
Career player statistics (if any)'

Jerry Glanville (born October 14, 1941) is a former American football player, coach and current liaison and consultant for the United Football League, former NASCAR driver and owner, and sportscaster in the United States. He served as Head Football 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'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 (ARCA) circuit.

Playing career

Glanville played college football as a middle linebacker at Northern Michigan University where he graduated in 1964 with a bachelors degree. He also holds a masters degree from Western Kentucky University where he worked as an assistant football coach on campus and was roommates with former NFL coach, Joe Bugel. The two were known for drawing football plays on pizza boxes.

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 led the Houston Oilers (1986–1989) during the era known as the "House of Pain." He was famous for often leaving tickets at will-call for Elvis Presley, wearing all black to be easily recognized by his players, and driving replicas of vehicles driven by actor James Dean. The Oilers were often chastised for being a dirty, cheap-shot style team with Glanville as Head Coach developing controversies with then AFC Central Division rival Head Coaches Sam Wyche, Marty Schottenheimer, and a highly publicized post-game handshake with Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll after the Oilers defeated the Steelers in the Houston Astrodome during the 1987 season. In the Oilers, he would turnaround a team that had struggled through most of the 1980s into an aggressive, hard-hitting group that preached a "hit the beach" mentality while making players, such as future Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon, into household names. The Oilers would make three playoff appearances during Glanville's tenure, twice playing in the AFC divisional round before resigning his position in 1990 to take the Head Coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons (1990–1993), where he had previously been a Defensive Coordinator known for developing the famous "Gritz Blitz" defense that featured rushing multiple players on the defensive side of the football against opposing offenses.

Glanville claimed with Atlanta that he inherited a "flat-tire" but would take the team to the NFC divisional round in the 1991 season. During his time with the Falcons, the team would pitch a "Back in Black" motto with new uniforms and the same aggressive type play on defense, an offensive system known as the "Red Gun" that would implement most of the principles associated with the Run-N-Shoot offense, and an emphasis on Special Teams as he had done while coaching in Houston. The Falcons featured talented players such as future Hall of Famer CB "Prime Time" Deion Sanders and were known for unorthodox antics that would lead to both victories and defeats. After the success of the 1991 season, expectations were high in Atlanta. However, the team would fail to make the playoffs in Glanville's final two years posting consecutive 6-10 records for the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Glanville would be released by the Falcons early in 1994 and would be out of football until becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Hawaii over a decade later. His career record is 63-73 as head coach in the NFL.

When Brett Favre was selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta Falcons GM Ken Herock, Glanville did not approve of the pick because of Favre's personal issues with alcohol and the party lifestyle. He said it would take a plane crash for him to put Favre into a game. Glanville claimed the trade in the off-season of 1992 was a wake-up call for Farve who was known for even being late to the team picture that year in his rookie season with the Falcons.[1] Favre only threw four passes during his one season with Atlanta then was traded to the Green Bay Packers for RB John Stephens. Favre would go on to play 19 seasons, starting every game from September 20, 1992, to December 5, 2010, becoming the first NFL player to win three AP MVP awards. 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.[2] The Colonials suspended operations in August of that year; Glanville would remain with the league as a consultant, color commentator for the league's television broadcasts, and liaison for potential expansion markets.

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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 AD., 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 2nd 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[5] 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 on 2007-02-08.
  2. Glanville, Jerry (2011-03-21). Jerry Glanville Named Hartford Colonials Head Coach and General Manager. United Football League. Retrieved on 2011-03-21.
  3. Pasquarelli, Len. "Glanville figures to upgrade porous defense",, March 28, 2005. Retrieved on March 14, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Jerry Glanville steps down as coach of Portland State Vikings",, November 17, 2009. Retrieved on March 14, 2011. 
  5. Jerry Glanville Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks. Retrieved on 2011-03-13.

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