Former New England Patriots Player Dies in Car Crash
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1999, file photo, then-New England Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn looks back at hecklers behind the end zone after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Bledsoe during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Officials say former Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn has died following a one-vehicle rollover traffic accident near Dallas that left his fiancée slightly hurt. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says Glenn died at 12:52 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The ex-Ohio State standout was 43.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
IRVING, TEXAS— Former New England Patriots receiver Terry Glenn died in a car accident early Monday morning in Irving, Texas.
Glenn died shortly before 1 a.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office. Irving police are investigating the cause of the wreck at 12:18 a.m. on eastbound Highway 114, said Chelsey Jones, a police department spokeswoman.
Glenn, a former star at Ohio State who lived in the Dallas area, was driving when the vehicle left the highway, struck a concrete barrier and rolled, authorities said. Glenn was ejected. Jones said his fiancée was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her name and further details weren't released. Jones had no immediate information on whether Glenn, or his fiance who was in the car with him, were wearing seatbelts.
Glenn caught Tom Brady's first NFL touchdown pass in in 2001. He played 12 years with New England, the Green Bay Packers and eventually the Dallas Cowboys.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick mourned the loss.
"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said. "His rookie season was my first year here in '96, so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry's a very smart individual. Had, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think was, deep down inside a good person with good intentions and a good heart. Obviously, it's a very unfortunate passing and a sad day."
Several current and former NFL players have offered their condolences.
Incredibly sad to hear about my buddy Terry Glenn. Overcame a ton of adversity to become an excellent person. May your soul rest in peace my friend. #riptg88— Drew Bledsoe (@DrewBledsoe) November 20, 2017
I’m speechless. My @Patriots Class Of ‘96 teammate and hands down most talented natural athlete I’ve seen in person. Terry kept to himself but was a good Dude with a big smile that lit up the room when it came out. #RIP #Patriots https://t.co/xk5HCng1gj— Lawyer Milloy (@LawyerMilloy) November 20, 2017
Asking for prayers for Terry Glenn's family he passed away this morning from car accident prayers for his fiancée ???— tony casillas (@tccasillas) November 20, 2017
-The Associated Press contributed to this story.