Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

24 Jun 2009

La'Roi Glover Retires

After 13 seasons and six Pro Bowls, former Raiders/Saints/Cowboys/Rams defensive tackle La'Roi Glover has called it a career. Two things jump out at you on his Pro Football Reference page. First, the durability: Dude hasn't missed a game in 11 seasons, and missed only one the year before that. Second, the 17 sacks he had with the Saints in 2000 to lead the league -- and then never finishing in the top 10 sacks again. He's the Brady Anderson of pass rushers.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 24 Jun 2009

11 comments, Last at 29 Jun 2009, 5:53pm by Joseph


by Temo :: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 12:51pm

Brady Anderson is a dangerous name to throw around.

by Joe T. :: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 1:01pm

Long sideburns, short career.

by jonnyblazin :: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 9:29pm

Brady Anderson is just the Davey Johnson of his era.

by Temo :: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 9:48am

Except Davey Johnson was at least partially helped by moving into the launching pad in Atlanta in '73 (26 HRs at home that season vs. 17 on the road).

Although I will agree that it's not like similar spikes in production haven't been seen in baseball before steroids. (Then again, Davey Johnson hit 43 HRs at the same time most of the Steeler organization was juicing up).

by Jerry :: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 6:22pm

...at the same time most of the Steeler organization was juicing up)

And 25 other teams.

by Temo :: Fri, 06/26/2009 - 11:11am

Yea, but they were winning so it gets thrown out there more. In any case, the point stands.

by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 3:18pm

Best-looking DT in football, baby!

Enjoyed his time with the Cowboys, he always seemed to play hard, even when surrounded by some lackluster line-mates.

by Raiderjoe :: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 7:01pm

never really had chance eiyth Raiders but make good carrere with saints

by Yuri (not verified) :: Wed, 06/24/2009 - 7:12pm

He got the US Open in the bag, and now can retire in peace.

(not my joke, picked up on fark.com)

by Arson55 :: Thu, 06/25/2009 - 1:31pm

Good luck, La'Roi. He was always one of my favorite players when he played with the Cowboys.

by Joseph :: Mon, 06/29/2009 - 5:53pm

The reason he had 17 sacks from the DT position was because he was next to double digit sacker Joe Johnson. He was getting single blocking a lot in the middle. The reason he never hit double digits again was because (IIRC) Johnson left after that year (or maybe one more) and started getting more double teams. Also, IIRC, that was the year the Saints won the division and beat the Rams for their first ever playoff win. In other words, winning games means leads means the other team passes more means more sack opportunities for your defense.