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Richard Edward Glover, born on February 6, 1950, in Bayonne, New Jersey, is a former University of Nebraska defensive tackle widely held as one of the best Cornhusker players ever. He played for the University of Nebraska under head coach Bob Devaney and was instrumental in the Huskers' back-to-back national championships in 1970 and 1971. Glover played defensive tackle and middle guard, winning the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in his senior season in 1972. He is one of only fourteen players in college football history to have won both awards in the same season.
Glover's quickness and intelligence on the field made him a nightmare for offensive linemen, who were used to dealing with larger, slower defensive tackles. In his final college game, Glover's performance helped the Cornhuskers destroy Notre Dame 40-6 in the Orange Bowl, finishing with a #4 national ranking. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft and played one year for the Giants. He then played for the Shreveport Steamers of the World Football League in 1974 and joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975 before injuries ended his NFL career.
Glover's outstanding college career was recognized when he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also named as the starting defensive tackle on Sports Illustrated's All-Century Team, alongside other football greats like Bronko Nagurski, Randy White, and Lee Roy Selmon. Following his playing days, Glover became a teacher and coach in the public school system of San Jose, California. He is currently an assistant coach at Harrison High School, having previously coached at William L. Dickinson High School and James J. Ferris High School in Jersey City.