ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Common it is for brothers to constantly be at one another’s throat and fully engaged in a lifelong competition whether it be in the weight room, on the monopoly board or just a silly argument at Thanksgiving.
Rare is it that these brothers continue that relationship at a major division one college football program, even rarer that in practice they lineup right in front of one another.
“When I get beat by Graham it does piss me off,” Glasgow said. “Just cause, its just a little pride thing.
“We live down the street with each other with Jack (Miller), Matt (Wile), Russell Bellomy and Bobby Henderson so, there’s some talking that goes on at night sometimes about who got the better of who that day.”
Ryan, a 6-foot-4, 296-pound defensive tackle for the Wolverines as a redshirt sophomore, and Graham, the starting left guard for Michigan as a redshirt junior, is listed at 6-foot-6, 311-pounds.
Undersized but aggressive, Ryan uses his leverage to gain an advantage on his older brother, though, admittedly, the match-up wasn’t always exactly even during their time in Ann Arbor.
“Definitely my true freshman year Graham got the better of me a lot,” Glasgow said. “He came on definitely toward his redshirt freshman year go into redshirt sophomore year and then now, now it’s pretty even.
“I don’t know, I’d say I’m a little quicker than him, a little more compact so I can pack a little more punch -- I’d say I definitely get the best of him now.”
Subtle yet impactful trash talk from younger to older bro, a difference of just one year, one month, a week and now six days.
Growing up in a competitive household, the younger Glasgow says the constant battles are exactly the same now as they were in their youth. The only alteration now being that both are fully padded and much bigger.
“It’s actually not different,” Glasgow said. “It’s just like, when you’re hitting a guard from a two high position, he’s grabbing onto you and trying to rip off, it’s just like wrestling at home.”
Playing in 21 games throughout his career and starting nine of them, Glasgow has accounted for 20 tackles and three tackles for loss without picking up a sack so far in 2014.
Glasgow, who says he wasn’t necessarily surprised he’s been this productive at Michigan despite coming to the Wolverines as a walk-on, feels his work ethic and attitude has put him in the position he is.
“I didn’t have any expectations personally,” Glasgow said. “I know I wanted to play. I didn’t really know what to expect cause I knew there were a lot of talented guys coming in and I don’t really know.
“I was just going to come along for the ride and just work as hard as I could.”
Now fixtures for Michigan up front on both sides of the football, the Glasgow’s have been knocking into each other in practice for the better part of a decade, despite a brief hiatus by brother Graham.
“It started fourth and fifth grade I think, me and Graham played on the same team,” Glasgow said. “And then he quit playing football, started playing soccer and then I stayed playing football and then he started playing football again in high school.
“So his sophomore year was when we started going up against each other for real. Then my junior and senior year it became a big thing where all the coaches wanted to see it and then now here again at Michigan.”
“That gets brought up every now and then,” Glasgow said laughing. “I mean he’s such a big kid trying to play goalie out there but I don’t know-- it was his choice at the time.”