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Jerry Glanville returns to pro football

A generation after pro football’s answer to Johnny Cash stopped leaving tickets for Elvis at will call, Jerry Glanville finally is returning to the sport.

UFL spokesman Michael Preston confirms that Glanville will be introduced Monday as the next head coach of the Hartford Colonials.

Glanville coached the Houston Oilers from 1986 through 1989, and the Falcons from 1990 to 1993.  He was the head coach in Atlanta when the Falcons drafted, and then traded, quarterback Brett Favre.

After a dozen years out of coaching, Glanville resurfaced in 2005 as the defensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii.  Two years later, he was hired to be the head coach at Portland State.  He resigned during the 2009 season after winning only nine of 33 games.

Glanville will be the third coach of the franchise in three seasons.  In 2009, when the team was located in New York and known as the Sentinels, Ted Cottrell served as coach.  Last year, the Sentinels moved to Hartford and became the Colonials, with Chris Palmer taking over for Cottrell.

Coincidentally, Palmer is now the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, which used to be the Houston Oilers.

It’s highly unlikely that the 69-year-old Glanville will parlay his time in the UFL into a return to the NFL, but far crazier things have happened.

Some of them involving Glanville.

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12 Responses to “Jerry Glanville returns to pro football”
  1. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 21, 2011 1:31 AM

    The run-and-shoot is coming back! Maybe he’ll sign Warren Moon or Jeff George.

  2. coachstram says: Mar 21, 2011 2:06 AM

    Sweet…..I may actually watch some UFL.

  3. duncanh89 says: Mar 21, 2011 2:26 AM


  4. Kave Krew says: Mar 21, 2011 3:25 AM

    Great move by the Colonials……heck, at least it won’t be as boring as last year…

  5. bucks12965 says: Mar 21, 2011 5:58 AM

    He’s only 69?! He seemed old to me when he was coaching in the NFL.

  6. MichaelEdits says: Mar 21, 2011 6:18 AM

    He is sorely missed. There’s gotta be some NFL team run by a loser they could just toss out for Jerry. Win or lose, he brings style.

  7. toe4 says: Mar 21, 2011 6:33 AM

    A football coach in Hawaii…

    what a great job!

  8. jc1958cool says: Mar 21, 2011 7:07 AM

    wow favre out glanville in, who would have thought it!

  9. jc1958cool says: Mar 21, 2011 7:43 AM

    he’ll give rex a run for his $$$ mouth wise!

  10. erikinhell says: Mar 21, 2011 8:04 AM

    Good to see him back. I miss the 9 man blitz.

  11. packfannchitown says: Mar 21, 2011 9:12 AM

    How do the words UFL and PRO work in the same sentence?

  12. mick730 says: Mar 21, 2011 10:31 AM

    UFL? Hartford Colonials? New York Sentinels? Jerry Glanville?

    I thought this site was dedicated to professional football. I guess not.

    BTW, what does UFL stand for? United Football League or something?

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