Looking back with: Sean Glennon (Part 1 of 3)

If there ever was a player who personified the concept of an up and down career, it was former Hokie QB Sean Glennon. From the highs of winning an ACC Championship and being named MVP of the championship game, to the lows of finishing his career on the bench, Glennon experienced it all.

During his time at Virginia Tech from 2004-2008, Glennon was a polarizing figure among Virginia Tech fans, at least on the message boards here at TechSideline.com. From the time the Hokies signed Tyrod Taylor in February of 2007 until the time Glennon finished his redshirt senior year in 2008, the debate waged about whether Tyrod or Glennon should start, whether Tyrod should redshirt, if they should split time … it was endless.

Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor at Virginia Tech’s 2008 Media Day.

Glennon is also known for taking more than his fair share of abuse from Virginia Tech fans during his tenure at Virginia Tech, and even afterwards, when he started a career as a mortgage loan officer with Home Savings & Trust Mortgage in Fairfax, VA, where he still works to this day.

Recently, I interviewed Sean for well over an hour, and he reflected on his career at Virginia Tech and answered questions honestly about the highs and lows of his career, including his 2007 ACC Championship Game MVP award, his relationship with Marcus Vick, being benched in favor of Tyrod Taylor, the treatment he received from Virginia Tech fans, and more.

The interview with Sean, when transcribed, wound up being over 9,000 words (14 pages in MS Word). So rather than spend a lot of time on narrative, we’ll let Sean tell you in his own words all about his career and his thoughts on Virginia Tech, with a few clarifying comments (in italics) along the way.

High school and recruitment

Glennon in his high school days
Glennon in his high school days

Glennon was a four-star pro-style QB out of Westfield HS in Chantilly, where he played with teammates such as Eddie Royal and Evan Royster (who later attended Penn State). He committed to the Hokies early, in August of 2003. After his senior season at Westfield, Glennon signed with the Hokies in February 2004. Royal committed to Tech very late in the recruiting process and also signed in February 2004.

I have almost no complaints about my high school days. I had a great team around me. We only lost one game in my last two years combined. We actually went undefeated my junior year and then lost in the state playoffs.  We went 10-0, and in the regional championship we lost to Oakton, a team we had beaten earlier in the year. It was just one of those games where we couldn’t get the ball to bounce our way.

My senior year we ran the table. My old high school coach Tom Verbanic jokes about it and says “If we didn’t win the state championship that year, I needed to get fired.” There was so much talent on that team with myself, Eddie Royal, and Evan Royster was our running back. We had a lot of good players on that team and a lot of great coaches. I keep in touch with a lot of them today.

Obviously getting to come down to Tech with Eddie, a familiar face who not only was I very good friends with, but him being my receiver, that was pretty cool as well. It was kind of a movie, storybook ending, finishing out our senior year together and winning the state championship. It was a great way to end a high school career. I look back on that with real fond memories.

Looking back ten years