Son Of Late NFL Star Terry Glenn Dies Of Apparent Overdose

By Desiree Bowie 12/03/19

Terry Glenn Jr tweeted about grieving his late father shortly before his death.

NFL Star Terry Glenn
Terry Glenn Sr passed away in late 2017.

Terry Glenn Jr, son of the late NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn, recently died from an apparent accidental overdose on Thanksgiving. He was 22.

Grieving His Father

Shortly before his death, Glenn Jr tweeted about grieving his late father who suffered an untimely death three days before Thanksgiving a couple years ago.

"Thanksgiving was my dads favorite game to play in as a cowboy. And you best believe your boy was right there in the stands,” Glenn Jr. tweeted on the day of his death.

"I miss him so much," he revealed in a follow-up tweet. "This time of year is the hardest by far man...this was his holiday and the last one got cut short right before we were allll gonna be together....really just wonder why."

On November 20, 2017, the elder Glenn passed away at the age of 43. He was involved in a fatal car accident where he was ejected from the car.  

Prior to his death, Glenn Jr. worked as a sales associate at a Champs Sports store in Ohio. Justin Hoosier, the store's assistant manager, said this about Glenn Jr. 

“He definitely was hardworking and passionate,” said Hoosier. “He was always talking about the influence of his dad. He wanted to keep that legacy but also make a name for himself.”

The Family Speaks Out

A statement from the family was published on 10TV:

Kimberly Combs-Matthew’s son - Terry Glenn, Jr. - died tragically on Thanksgiving Day in Columbus, Ohio of an apparent accidental overdose.Terry Jr. was a burgeoning entrepreneur, aspiring vlogger, and avid sports enthusiast following in his famous father’s footsteps. Those that knew him, commented on his infectious personality- “he never met a stranger.”

Still grieving from the untimely death of his record-setting father - just two years ago in a November 2017 car accident - Terry Jr. reminisced on Thanksgiving Day in a Twitter post saying “I miss him so much. This time of the year is the hardest by far man... this was his holiday...really just wonder why.”

Typically sharing the day with football and family, Terry Jr. stated “Thanksgiving was my Dad’s favorite game to play in as a Cowboy and you best believe ya boy was always right there in the stands.” Terry Jr. spent many of his formative years watching his father play America’s pastime as a star wide receiver.

Terry Glenn, Sr. was as a key contributor to winning seasons and championships contests for National Football League teams including the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Prior to joining the NFL, Glenn Sr. played as an Ohio State University Buckeye, shattering school records along the way. Coping during the holidays can be difficult – especially when wrestling with depression and drug or alcohol addiction.

Many people try to overlook their feelings and participate in holiday festivities alongside their friends and relatives, yet studies show that nearly 1 in 5 Americans will feel down during the holidays. If you, or a family member needs help with a mental or substance use disorder at any time, there are resources that can offer support.

Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration National (SAMHSA) Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Both services are confidential, free, and provide 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information help, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use conditions. They provide referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Arrangements for Terry Glenn, Jr. are pending and his family requests to allow them to mourn during this profoundly difficult time.

We make this appeal for privacy on behalf of those close to us, who wish to remember Terry Jr. and celebrate his life quietly and in peace. We thank you for your love, understanding, and prayers of support. Terry Jr. lived a wonderful life, and he will be fondly remembered and terribly missed by his family and friends.

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Desiree Bowie is a writer and movie lover from Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter @dangerbowie