Like His Major, Hokies QB Glennon Is All Business

Sean Glennon
At age 11, Sean Glennon did 100 sit-ups, 50 push-ups and 10 pull-ups every night because he wanted to be a quarterback. (Matt Gentry - AP)
By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 16, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 15 -- Sean Glennon made himself wait up. Sure, he was only in third grade, and, yeah, the clock crept toward 11 p.m. But Glennon had his routine, and he was going to stick with it, bedtimes be hanged.

He loved football and wanted to be a quarterback someday, and he realized work had to be done for that to happen. Every night, he did 100 sit-ups, 50 push-ups and 10 pull-ups, only his small arms couldn't handle the pull-ups alone. His father, John, had to help him.

So Glennon sat in his room -- the posters of Emmitt Smith and Michael Jordan hanging in the background -- and waited for his father to come home from a late dinner with Sean's mother. Finally, around 11, John arrived in Sean's room, where a small pull-up bar stretched across the door frame.

Glennon hoisted himself up as his father held him, and they started counting, all the way to 10. Then, and only then, would Sean go to sleep.

"He knew," John Glennon said. "He had a plan, even at a young age."

Glennon is 20 now, and everything is still going according to plan. After an offseason of competing with Ike Whitaker and Cory Holt for the chance to start at quarterback, Coach Frank Beamer announced Sunday that Glennon had won the job. Glennon, a redshirt sophomore, earned the role thanks to an accurate arm, deceptive athleticism and sound decision-making. But he also won it because of the same driven work ethic and meticulous attention to detail he has always had.

"I guess it's just how I was born," Glennon said. "I just like things in order. I like knowing where things are. Even now in college, I hate messy rooms."

His major is finance, so technical that it suits him perfectly. Growing up, Glennon always had the cleanest room in his house. He made his bed every morning from the time he was 5 years old, with no pleading from his parents.

John Glennon would find lists Sean made of his 20 favorite football players, ranked in a constantly updated order, lying around the house. And that wasn't enough; Sean Glennon would ask everyone their favorite football players. He asked houseguests. He asked opposing base runners from center field during Little League games. He knew his list; shouldn't they?

"He sees life in black in white," John Glennon said. "He just has a very analytical mind."

But one not devoid of passion. When Glennon lost a game of cards or Monopoly as a kid, he would throw a tantrum. If he lost a shooting contest before a basketball practice in high school, he stayed mad the whole practice. He sometimes wakes up his roommate, wide receiver Justin Born, in the middle of the night, screaming at his television because he lost a video game.

"He's one of the most competitive guys I know," Born said.

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