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NFL Wide Receiver Terry Glenn Dies In Car Crash

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Terrence "Terry" Glenn, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, died in a car crash in Irving, Texas. He was 43.

The medical examiner's office confirmed the former NFL player's death, saying Glenn died in the early morning of Nov. 20, after being transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, according to ESPN. 

Officials believe Glenn was driving down a highway when he struck a concrete barrier separating an express lane from other lanes of traffic. The force of the crash ejected him from the car. 

His fiancee, who was with him in the car at the time, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

During his 12-year career in the NFL, Glenn had played for the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Cowboys, according to the New York Daily News.

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He played with Ohio State as a walk-on, before being drafted as a No. 7 overall pick for the New England Patriots in 1996. Initially, Patriots' coach Bill Parcells objected to the pick and even mocked Glenn when he was slow to recover from an injury at his first NFL training camp, saying, "She’ll be alright."

Glenn helped the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl in the 1996 season and made it to the Pro Bowl in 1999. In 2001, he caught Tom Brady's first career touch down pass.

His time with the Patriots was tumultuous and the wide receiver was known for his disputes with Bill Belichick, who became the Patriots' head coach in 2000.

After a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and an offseason arrest on charges of domestic assault, Glenn was traded to the Green Bay Packers.

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But his time in Wisconsin didn't last long and he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys a year later. He stayed with the Cowboys until the end of his NFL career, finishing with 593 total catches, 44 touchdowns and over 1,000 receiving yards.

Glenn also founded the 83 Kids Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping foster care children find permanent homes. According to its website, the charity financially supports other nonprofits dealing with the same issue and aims to educate potential foster parents on the challenges facing foster children.

Since the news of his death was released, Glenn's former teammates have expressed their condolences on social media, the Daily News reports.

"Man.....#RIP to my former teammate Terry Glenn, who passed away this morning due to a car accident,"  tweeted offensive lineman Damien Woody, who previously played alongside Glenn with the Patriots. "Praying for his family."

Glenn is survived by his fiancee and five children.

Sources: ESPN, New York Daily News, 83 Kids Foundation / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Four Verticals/Twitter, Terry Glenn/Twitter

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