Of all the great athletes who have played sports from Beaver County throughout this century, precious few have had the opportunity to play on a national collegiate champion, but Glenn Dennison of Beaver Falls is one of the fortunate.
Glenn was the starting tight end for the Miami Hurricanes, who upset No 1 Nebraska, 31-30, on January 1, 1984, giving the Canes their first national championship. Before his college days, Glenn excelled under Larry Bruno at Beaver Falls High School and helped the Tigers to the playoffs. He then earned a full scholarship to the University of Miami. He started as a sophomore and caught 29 passes to rank third on the team, with eight catches against Virginia Tech. Despite missing 21⁄2 games to an injury the next year, he still caught 25 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
Glenn capped his collegiate career with an excellent senior year: the top receiver for Bernie Kosar, he caught 54 passes (a single-season school record) for 594 yards and three touchdowns and culminated the season by catching two touchdown passes in the Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska.
Glenn was named second team All American by the Associated Press and honorable mention All American by UPI and was also voted the Hurricane’s Most Valuable Player and was selected to play in the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 1984 NFL draft and played there for three years under fellow Beaver Falls native and LBF Inductee, Joe Walton. Glenn then split the 1987 season between the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins before returning to the Jets in 1988 to finish his NFL career. Glenn also played with Amsterdam for the International League in 1989 and 1990.
Following his playing days, Glenn attended the University of Maryland earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1994.
He then spent the next 10 years in the Washington D.C. area where he managed two bakeries.
In 2004, Glenn saw an opportunity in waste energy management. He moved to Florida and began working in sales and then in management at U.S. Filter.
Then, from 2016 to 2018, Glenn was employed as the plant manager at Shark Glass Recycling in Atlanta, Georgia.
Now, Glenn is about to embark on a new adventure at Synergy Recycling in Winter Haven, Florida.
Glenn is married to his lovely wife, Kimberley and the proud father of two sons, Heath and Chase.