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Kevin Glenn. 300 career CFL games. Over 53,000 passing yards. 294 touchdowns. Sixth all-time in league passing. Guys with stats like that usually sign a one-day contract with a team. There’s a big media thing, everyone shows up and the guy returns to his favourite team one last time.

Kevin Glenn has literally played for every team in the CFL. So who does he sign his one-day deal with?

A few teams you can rule out right away. Glenn played for the Toronto Argonauts for a few hours, the Ottawa Redblacks for a few winter months, and the Edmonton Eskimos for one year as a backup.

The Runner Ups

Montreal Alouettes

During his time there, a stable of young quarterbacks was competing with Glenn for the Alouettes starting job. It seemed like it was always a carousel of him, Rakeem Cato, Jonathan Crompton and Brandon Bridge. He started 12 games there in 1.5 seasons. He did win three out of the four final games for Montreal when he got traded there at the deadline, and almost rallied them to a playoff spot. That was probably his best moment for the team.

BC Lions

Glenn started 17 games for the Lions in his one season with the team and guided them to a playoff game. It was as a 9-9 crossover team and they did lose 50-17, but not bad for a guy who was just brought in as a stop gap. The Lions needed someone to start the first half of the year for an injured Travis Lulay. They didn’t expect him to play the entire year, but he had to and did an admirable job filling in for one of the leagues best players at the time.

Tie for Third

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Ti-Cats traded Kevin Glenn to Calgary in 2012 for Henry Burris. Burris ended up having more success than him there, but Glenn did a lot for that Hamilton franchise. The Tiger-Cats were 15-57 in their last four seasons before Glenn got there in 2009. They had not made the playoffs since 2004. They were a really bad football team, at the bottom of the league for years. Glenn lead them to three straight playoff appearances as the main starter.

Quinton Porter split time with him during his last season, but it was Glenn’s team. He was 0-3 in the playoffs, but he was key to Hamilton’s rebuild. He may not have gotten to the Grey Cup with them, but he was the main part of the foundation that got them there. Because, again, Hamilton was real, real bad back then.

Calgary Stampeders

In Calgary, Glenn had the opposite situation. He took over a very good team when Drew Tate went down early in the year. He went 10-5, completed almost 68% of his passes, and lead the Stamps to the Grey Cup when Tate got injured again. They lost to the Argos, but he still got them there. The next season went pretty much the exact same way. Glenn takes over for Tate. Tate comes back (this time because Glenn got hurt), and Glenn takes over again to lead them to a 14-4 season. He did end his time there with a tough playoff loss, but still won a bunch of games in Calgary.

Second Place

Saskatchewan Roughriders

It’s a very close second, in my mind anyway. Glenn started his career in Saskatchewan. He got a lot of playing time for a young player. His first year was a bit rough but became a prospect to watch with his play during his next two seasons. He looked especially good that third year and Toronto gave up the third overall pick in the draft to get him. His second time around with the Riders, he was a veteran quarterback brought in as insurance. Like he did many times in his career, he stepped in early in the season because of an injury.

The Riders offence was actually the best in the league during Glenn’s first four starts after Darian Durant got hurt. It went south after those four games though. In 2017, Glenn signed with the Riders for the third time. It was easily his best season, leading Saskatchewan to a 10-8 record (with a crossover playoff appearance) in a very tough West Division. Even though Brandon Bridge came out of the bullpen and saved the day a few times during the last quarter of the year, Glenn was very impressive that season. Three different stops in Saskatchewan, all very unique.

Glenn is such a unique case that it wouldn’t surprise me that he doesn’t do the one-day contract ordeal. I mean, he’s had an impact for several teams in the CFL. He could do it as a Rider or a Ti-Cat and that wouldn’t surprise or bother anyone. But out of all the teams, he’s probably most remembered for his Winnipeg days, right?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

He took over for a fan favourite in Khari Jones. Everyone in Winnipeg loved him, and he got traded halfway through the season. Not easy filling shoes like those ones. His play was solid, but the record was not. His first season as the starter, the Bombers went 5-13. The next year, Glenn was one of the top tier quarterbacks in the league. He was an All-Star and at times he and Milt Stegall looked unbeatable. They were such a lethal combination. Throw in Charles Roberts running the ball, and the Bombers were a very fun offence to watch.

He hurt his knee early in the year but played through it most of the year. To this day, many still believe Winnipeg would’ve won the Grey Cup that year if Glenn didn’t break his arm against Toronto is the East Final. The good news for Bomber fans was that it looked like they had their franchise quarterback. But that rough start to the 2008 season changed that. He got pulled, got his job back and ended the season on a low note.

The Last Word

Does the best year of his career mean he should retire there? Honestly, I have no idea. You could make strong arguments for him to retire as a Rider, Stampeder and Tiger-Cat too. That’s why Kevin Glenn is such an interesting case. In any other pro sport, you’d never hear of a guy playing for every team in the league.

Maybe he comes out of retirement and suits up for the Atlantic Schooners, just to make it an even ten teams.

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