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Jerry Glanville (born October 14, 1941 in Detroit, Michiganmarker) is a career American football coach. While at Northern Michigan Universitymarker, Glanville played middle linebacker. In 1964, he graduated from Northern Michigan. Glanville has also worked as an analyst on HBO's Inside the NFL, CBS's The NFL Today/NFL on CBS and Fox's coverage of the NFL. Glanville also raced on the Auto Racing Club of America circuit.

Coaching career

National Football League

During his time in the National Football League, he was the special teams/defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions from 1974–1976, the secondary coach for the Atlanta Falcons from 1977–1978 and the defensive coordinator from 1979-1982, the secondary coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1983, the defensive coordinator of the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) from 1984-1985 and the head coach from 1986-1989, and the Atlanta Falcons from 1990-1993. While coaching in the NFL, Glanville was famous for often leaving tickets at will-call for the late Elvis Presley, (although in a recent interview with WDYT, a news/talk radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina, he told the show hosts that he only left tickets for Elvis at one pre-season NFL game in Memphis, but the story took on a life of its own), wearing all black to be easily recognized by his players, and driving replicas of vehicles driven by James Dean.

College football

Glanville was formerly the defensive coordinator for the University of Hawaii's football team, working under his former coordinator at Atlanta, June Jones for two seasons. Prior to his tenure at the University of Hawaii, Glanville was the defensive ends/outside linebackers coach at Georgia Techmarker from 1968-1973 and the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky Universitymarker in 1967.

On February 28, 2007, he accepted the head coaching position at Portland State Universitymarker, his first college head coaching job. Glanville, who replaced Tim Walsh, was PSU's 12th head coach in the history of the program. He resigned this position with the support of the university on November 17, 2009. The Glanville era at PSU concluded with a record of 9-24.

In popular culture

The Sega Genesis system offered Jerry Glanville's PigSkin Footbrawl, a medieval-themed arcade-style football game. The game was a port of the 1990 classic arcade game Pigskin 621 A.D., released by Bally Midway.

Jerry appeared among the hosts of the pregame shows for Cartoon Network's annual Super Bowl parodies, The Big Game, from 1999 through 2001 - Tweety VS Sylvester in 1999, Wile E. Coyote VS Road Runner in 2000, and Bugs Bunny VS Daffy Duck in 2001. In the pregame picks for these games, he always picked the character who was not likely to win; surprisingly, in the Bugs VS Daffy game, he was correct in predicting that Daffy would win.

NASCAR career

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Jerry also had a brief career as the Owner/Driver of a black #81 Craftsman Truck Series from 1995 thru 1999, with a best finish of 14th four times. He finished 18th in the points in 1995 as his best points position of his career.

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