COLLEGE: San Diego State
POSITION: Defensive tackle
BORN: July 4, 1974 in San Diego, California
JOINED SAINTS: 1997
YEARS WITH SAINTS: 1997 - 2001
La'Roi Glover's Career Background
Originally picked by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of San Diego State, the 6-2, 285 pound La'Roi Glover struggled to make an impact as a rookie, appearing in only two contests and recording only two tackles.
Even though Glover would eventually get waived at the end of training camp in 1997 by the Raiders, two events that year would help his development and put him on track for what would become a standout 13-year NFL career with four teams, his finest years occurring in New Orleans.
In the winter of 1997, Glover was allocated by the Raiders to the Barcelona Dragons of the World League, a European farm system for the NFL. There he would take advantage of his most extensive playing time to date in the pros, starting every contest and recording 36 tackles and 6.5 sacks as he led the Dragons to the league's championship. Glover was recognized as All-World League and placed third in league defensive MVP voting.
Upon being let go by Oakland, Glover was claimed by New Orleans prior to the start of the regular season. He would take advantage of an opportunity for playing time that evolved into being a situational pass rusher on New Orleans' defensive line rotation, where he posted 33 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Promoted into the starting lineup the following year, Glover broke out as one of the most improved players in the league with 67 tackles, a team-leading 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception.
Two seasons later, Glover enjoyed one of the finest campaigns for an NFL defensive tackle, making 65 stops, an NFL-best 17 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, as he led the Saints to a turnaround from 3-13 to 10-6 and the NFC West division title and the franchise's first playoff win. Three times that season he would record three sacks in a contest. In recognition, Glover was named a Pro Bowl starter and a unanimous All-Pro selection.
After one more year with the Saints in 2001, where he was elected to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season with eight sacks, Glover wrapped up a five-year stint with the Black and Gold with 318 tackles, 50 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Glover would continue his career with the Dallas Cowboys from 2002-05, where he would get selected to the Pro Bowl four more times and then closed out his career with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-08, where he now resides with his wife Spring, their son La'Roi Jr. and daughters Neomie and Sophia as the club's director of player engagement. As part of a career that ended with six consecutive Pro Bowl berths, 83.5 sacks and 191 consecutive appearances, he was named first team to the NFL's All-Decade team in the 2000's.
La'Roi Glover's College Career
La'Roi Glover was a four-year starter and team captain at San Diego State University, garnering 2nd Team All-WAC honors in 1993 and 1995. Glover is fourth all-time at SDSU with 18.5 sacks and third all-time at SDSU with 44.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. La'Roi finished his degree at SDSU in 1999 after double majoring in public administration and sociology.
La'Roi Glover's Career Honors
1st Team All-Pro - 2000
2nd Team All-Pro - 1998, 2002, 2003
Pro Bowl - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
NFL sacks leader - 2000
NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame
World Bowl champion - 1997
2nd Team All-WAC - 1993, 1995