Former Hokies quarterback Sean Glennon remains a target for fans

Sean Glennon continues to keep his NFL dreams alive, but for now is working the phones at a mortgage company in Fairfax.
Sean Glennon continues to keep his NFL dreams alive, but for now is working the phones at a mortgage company in Fairfax. (Jahi Chikwendiu/the Washington Post)
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By T. Rees Shapiro
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

During Sean Glennon's career, the former Virginia Tech quarterback experienced the elation that comes with being the MVP of the 2007 ACC championship game, and the embarrassment of sitting on the bench throughout his final college game at the 2008 Orange Bowl.

The intense scrutiny Glennon faced during his five years in Blacksburg, Va., constantly played on his emotions. Whether it was smack talk on fan Web sites or to his e-mail account after a bad interception, or praise and high-fives after a winning touchdown pass, reaction from the Hokies' devoted football fans often left Glennon's psyche in tatters.

Even now, as he focuses on his new life as a first-year mortgage consulting and loan officer with Home Savings and Trust Mortgage in Fairfax, Glennon's critics continue to taunt him. The ugly anonymous calls to his cellphone prove it.

"People call me say they hate me and then hang up," Glennon said.

Now that Glennon, 24, has graduated and spent the last six months in the business world, he had every reason to believe his critics might finally turn their attention elsewhere. But recently, Glennon learned he has been the subject of a number of defamatory chain e-mails. One of them, obtained by The Washington Post, includes vituperative comments aimed at smearing Glennon's reputation in the business world:

"I'm going to start writing his phone number on bathroom walls," one e-mailer wrote. "Oh, how the mighty have fallen," read another.

The viral messages arose from an e-mail Glennon wrote to his friends and former teachers at Westfield High School, where he led the team to the 2003 AAA state championship his senior year and earned first-team All-Met honors.

After graduating from Virginia Tech, Glennon signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent but was released last July when it became apparent veteran quarterback Brett Favre would be coming out of retirement.

Glennon was devastated by being cut and out of work. Like many recent college graduates, he spent the rest of the summer networking in the Washington area in order to find a satisfying job that also allowed him enough free time to prepare for a possible second chance at his dream career in the NFL.

In August, he was hired by Gary McInturff, president and majority owner of Home Savings and Trust Mortgage, who was impressed with Glennon's positive outlook and his degree in finance and marketing.

To build his list of business contacts, Glennon reached out to the Westfield community, letting people know he was back in the area and newly employed.

"It feels a little strange to be writing to you like this, and to be hanging up my cleats for a suit and tie, but I'm taking on this new challenge with enthusiasm," Glennon wrote. "Let me know if there is any way I can help, and again, thanks so much for your support over the years. My time at Westfield meant so much to me."

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