Former Saints defensive tackle La’Roi Glover was elected to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame last Friday. A moment that he will remember as extremely humbling.
Glover was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1996. He only recorded two tackles in his rookie season. He was eventually waived by the Raiders during training camp of his second season in 1997.
He spent the winter of 1997 with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League where he got the starting time necessary to develop into a great player. He recorded 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks and led the Dragons to the league’s championship.
He finished third in the World League’s defensive MVP voting. He eventually signed on with the New Orleans Saints during the Mike Ditka era. A meeting that Glover still remembers to this day.
The first question I asked Coach Ditka was concerning my size, a lot of people said I was too small to play in the NFL.. He says, “Son, I don’t give a damn how big you are, I don’t give a damn how fast you are, as long as you can make plays you will always have a home here.”
That advice helped Glover enjoy his best five seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He helped the team win its first playoff game, was selected twice to the Pro Bowl, and finished his career with 318 tackles, 50 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles.
Glover’s 17 quarterback sacks in 2000 is still the second-highest single-season total by a defensive tackle. He says his best memory will always be of winning that first playoff game.
The thing that sticks out in my mind is the Who Dat nation waiting for so long and to stick with the team through some tough years and to finally breakthrough in that season.. I had a lot of good teammates, coaches and front office staff that helped make it happen. – La’Roi Glover