A day in the Life with Kevin

JASON HALSTEAD -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Just call him the laid-back quarterback.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting pivot Kevin Glenn lets little get under his skin, especially on game day.

For him, preparing for action is about simplicity and introspection.

"On game day, I get up real early, 8 a.m., and eat to get that out of the way," Glenn says. "Then I'll sit around and relax and I'll think about the game and play scenarios through my head. Just go through things and think what I would do."

Glenn, who threw for 3,571 yards with 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year with the Bombers, will lead the Blue offence Friday in the team's CFL home opener against the Toronto Argonauts.

The hardest part for the second-year starter is waiting to hit the playing field.

"I don't like night games," Glenn says. "I hate sitting around and waiting."

So Glenn will often plop down in front of the television for a little diversionary viewing.

"I get antsy, so I try to pass the time by watching a movie maybe. It makes that time pass quicker. I like all kinds of movies -- comedies, mysteries, biographies, sci-fi. You name it, I like it."

Glenn, 27, arrives at the stadium about two hours before game time.

While many players have elaborate pre-game locker-room rituals, Glenn is as straightforward as they come.

"I put on my uniform," Glenn says. "It's that simple. But everybody's got their own routine before a game and everyone has their own character. It's what makes people unique."

For the Detroit native, the only necessity is filling his belly early.

"I have to play on an empty stomach," Glenn said. "That's kind of a ritual for me -- from college and all the way up. I never play on a full stomach or I feel sluggish."

From then up to hitting the field, it's all about introspection for Glenn.

"We have a chapel for the players who want to go and it's about reflection and meditation," Glenn says. "You focus on positive things that motivate you for the game. For me, it's a different subject or theme every week and it ties into both life and football -- things like motivation, effort, accountability."

Glenn admits he's not the kind of guy to rev up teammates in the locker-room.

"I'm just a laid-back type guy. I'm not a rah-rah, over-the-top, scream-and-holler kind of guy," he says. "Before the game, for me, it's about clearing my head and mentally preparing. It's about me bein' me."

Again, it's all about getting down to action.

"And I don't like waiting around. I just want to go out and play."

So what's a guy who plays on an empty gut want to do after the action's done?

"The first thing I want to do after a game is go out and eat," says the former Illinois State Redbirds QB. And he's not fussy.

"It doesn't matter what, as long as it's food."

The post-game is also about hanging out as a team and doing a bit of celebrating if the Blue get it done on the field.

"If we lose, you're upset of course, but you still have next week. We try not to dwell on it too much and put it behind us. We try to stay positive."

After grabbing a bite, it's back home or to the hotel for Glenn and off to bed.

"I sleep fine after a game," he said. "I don't dream about the game."

On non-game days, the teamwork doesn't end when practice does.

"You hang out with the guys," Glenn said. "We might go bowling as a team, go to the movies or play golf. We're just big kids at heart. Right now, a lot of guys' families aren't up, so we're like an extended family for each other. You want to be a close-knit group in the locker-room because these are the guys you play with. You spend that time together off the field because once guys' fiancees, wives, brothers, sisters come, it's time for family."

Glenn's days will no doubt change when his fiancee, Asha, 25, arrives in Winnipeg. She works as a middle school teacher back in Glenn's native Detroit.

They've been engaged for six months and plan to get hitched next April.

Until then, text messaging, e-mail and phone calls will have to do.

"During camp it was hard, but we managed to talk late at night," Glenn says. "I know she'll be coming up, but it's still hard to be away. I miss the company and friendship -- the laughing and joking."

A day off from football is about one thing for Glenn.

"Relax, relax, relax," he says. "That's the biggest thing, I just like to hang out."

FAMILY IS KEY

Glenn's real family is always a big part of his day, from the spiritual support he gets from his bride-to-be to the sporting advice he gets from his dad.

"My dad's my biggest fan," Glenn says of Kevin, Sr. "He's really into it because he coached baseball, basketball, football. He likes to sit back and tell me what I should've did."

"We're a real close family, that's very important to us," says Glenn, the oldest of five kids. "They come up to Canada from Detroit for all the Toronto and Hamilton games, because it's close for them. And they'll fly up to Winnipeg sometimes."

Glenn's brother Brandon, 19, is the latest of the family's boys in college athletics south of the border. He's a receiver with the Grand Rapids Junior College football team.

"Brandon looks up to me a lot and I'll send him cleats and gloves and give him lots of advice," he says.


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