Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Rich Glover

Rich Glover


  • Position: Middle Guard
  • School: Nebraska
  • High School: Jersey City,NJ (Snyder HS)
  • Years: 1970-1972
  • Inducted: 1995
  • Place of Birth: Bayonne, NJ
  • Date of Birth: Feb 06, 1950
  • Jersey Number: 79
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 234

Member Biography

Rich Glover was the dominant play-wrecker of his time. His coach, Bob Devaney, called him "the greatest defensive player I ever saw." He came from Jersey City, NJ, stood 6-1 in height, weighed 234 pounds, and played middle guard. He played 1970-72. Nebraska was national champion his first two years and ranked No. 4 nationally in Glover's senior year. Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl all three years and won every time, beating Louisiana State 17-12, Alabama 38-0, and Notre Dame 40-6. For Glover's three years the Nebraska record was 34-1-2. He was All-American 1971-72, a unanimous choice the second time. He was named Lineman of the Year by the Washington Gridiron Club in 1971 and the Walter Camp Foundation in 1972. In 1971 he received the Chevrolet-ABC Awards for best line play in the Colorado and Oklahoma games. In his last two seasons he won the Outstanding Lineman Award in the Orange Bowl. There are two well-known national awards for linemen, the Outland and the Lombardi. Glover won both in 1972. Perhaps his most dramatic award also came in 1972: his picture was on the cover of the NCAA Football Guide. His school gave him two prizes, the Tom Novak for "courage and determination," and the Guy Chamberlin for "contributions to Nebraska football." Glover had two years with the Giants and Eagles before an injury ended his playing days. He had a degree in education, and he became a teacher and coach in the San Jose, California, school system.