Quarterback Kevin Glenn completed the set Jan. 15 when he signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Eskimos, making him the first player to have his rights owned by all nine CFL teams.
Although he never suited up for either the Toronto Argonauts or the Ottawa Redblacks, Glenn has carved out his own piece of history in a league rich with it and will undoubtedly be in the CFL Hall of Fame when he finally decides to call it a career.
Some fans may argue that Glenn has not had a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career. His longest tenure with a team lasted just five years when he was QB for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and he’s failed to win a Grey Cup Championship, although he took the Calgary Stampeders to the 100th Grey Cup.
Glenn, who has been under scrutiny for most of the second half of his career, hasn’t really been able to take the reins of a team since his first tenure in Winnipeg came to an end following the 2008 CFL season. But his longevity in the league shows just how helpful he can be to a team.
Throughout the past nine seasons Glenn has been a stopgap quarterback, splitting time with younger quarterbacks looking to emerge as stars.
Glenn will no doubt be the backup to current CFL Most Outstanding Player Mike Reilly in Edmonton when the 2018 season starts, but it seems like that’s the best fit for the 38-year-old future Hall-of-Famer.
This will be the first season since Glenn’s time with the Stampeders that he is the definitive backup. But the opportunity allows Glenn to say he has been a member of all nine CFL franchises and has him joining a team that should contend for a Grey Cup Championship when the city hosts the annual contest in November.
In my opinion, this seems like a perfect fit for what some might say is the Detroit product’s swan song.
For those who don’t think Glenn is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, you just need to see where he ranks among the all-time best passers in league history.
Glenn currently sits sixth of all-time in total passing yards (52,867), fifth in pass completions (4,068) and seventh in passing touchdowns (294). Of the six quarterbacks ahead of him, five are already in the Hall of Fame and the last one, Ricky Ray, is another future Hall-of-Famer.
So to me it’s not a question of whether Glenn gets into the Hall of Fame, but a question of which team it will be with?