We have reached the halfway point of our 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions countdown. In this Tuesday edition, we honor the center who anchored the explosive Lions’ offenses of the Wayne Fontes’ era.
50. Kevin Glover
Center / Guard. 1985-97 Detroit; 1998 Seattle Seahawks
The Lions 1985 college draft would yield two offensive linemen that would become the bedrocks for Barry Sanders’ assault on the NFL record books during the 1990’s. Those two players were tackle Lomas Brown and Glover. Kevin played his college ball at the University of Maryland under future-Lion coach Bobby Ross. The 6-foot-2, 278 pound Glover would become a starter at right guard in 1987, and would move to left guard in 1988. Kevin would take over at center for the retired Steve Mott in 1989, remaining at that position for the rest of his NFL career.
Glover was one of the most underrated centers in the league throughout the early 1990’s. He combined a quickness, strength, and smarts that would make him the best Lion center since the days of Ed Flanagan. It was a long time in coming, but Kevin would finally receive All-Pro honors in 1995. He would be named to the Pro Bowl three-straight times as well (1995-97). Contract disputes with the Lion front office would result in Kevin signing a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 1998. He would play eight games with Seattle that season, before a serious neck-injury would force him into retirement.