ORLANDO, Fla. - Sidney Glover has a well-known, respected reputation that has followed the defensive back over the course of his four-year Mountaineer career. When West Virginia football fans catch wind of this character assessment, most tend to show awe and reverence.
Oddly enough, Glover’s famous reputation has nothing to do with his impressive career numbers – 198 tackles, 14 pass breakups, 6 ½ sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.
No, this reputation is more familial in nature, for Glover is famously recognized as being one of the most family-oriented players within the Mountaineer football team. One of eight children (and a father himself) the Warren, Ohio, native gives as much of his time to his family as he takes away from opposing quarterbacks.
It goes without saying, then, that Glover is happy that the Champs Bowl is hosted in Orlando, a city which boasts its own family-first reputation.
“A lot of my family will be down there,” he recently said. “They’ll probably be there a couple of days before the game, too. They will be interacting with my teammates a little bit too, so that’s going to be enjoyable.”
Glover laughs when he contemplates the fact that his family may be just as excited to visit Sea World and Universal Studios as they are for the bowl.
“I think they’re excited for the game, too!” he exclaimed. “A lot of them are just proud and happy that I’ve made it this far. It’s a great accomplishment in my life.”
An accomplishment that Glover himself has recently reflected on fondly. A Phil Steele second team all-BIG EAST honoree, he has played an integral role in the defense’s heralded success this season. The fourth-leading tackler in a unit ranked No. 2 in scoring defense and rushing defense, and No. 3 in total defense and sacks, Glover says that next week’s game against NC State is an exclamation point on a cherished stint with the Mountaineers.
“It’s a big deal, especially because I’m so happy to have completed most of my four years at college,” he explained. “I’m just happy that we made it to this point. A lot of us - myself and the other seniors - are just proud to be in this position. We’re having a great year. We may not be exactly where we wanted to be, but we’re happy to be playing in our last game together in Florida. We want to enjoy each other and get one last victory.”
As close as Glover is to his family, there is always another family near his side – his teammates – and the senior leader says the down time the squad enjoys on bowl trips is critical to its development as a unit.
“We go hard in practice, but the sessions are a lot quicker and a lot more focused,” he said. “You get in, you go through a quick, 18-period practice and you get out. Then, we have the rest of the day for activities and to spend time with each other. It’s well deserved for us, and we look forward to it.”
Glover also is looking forward to enjoying Christmas with his two families, but says that he anxiously anticipates a future with work-free holidays.
“It’s not the same as being at home with your family,” he said of this year’s Christmas trip. “It’s really difficult for me because I have kids, but I’m trying not to think about that. I just want to focus on the fact that it’s my last game, and I won’t have another opportunity like this again.
“Hopefully at my next career stop, if I’m not playing in the NFL, I’ll have more time with my family. I know I will always have more Christmases to spend with my family, so I’m just going to enjoy this last bowl game with this group of guys I’ve been with for four years.”
Despite Glover’s uncertainty about his future – while he still hopes for an NFL career, he also desires to put his multidisciplinary degree to good use – he is positive that the Mountaineers have their 10th win of the 2010 season within reach.
“I really just want to go out with a win and celebrate it with my teammates after the game,” he said. ‘I want to enjoy my time with these guys. I think losing kills all of your joy – we’d rather not lose, go out with a win and enjoy the night in Florida.”
With hopes of one more victory in the Old Gold and Blue uniform and quality time with his family and teammates, Glover is poised to enjoy a very merry holiday season.