In signing La'Roi Glover to a long-term contract on March 12, 2002, the Dallas Cowboys were expecting big things from one of the NFL's most productive defensive tackles over the previous five seasons. They were not disappointed, as Glover has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons with the team.
Glover is one of the top returning players on the Cowboys defense in 2004- both in production and in leadership. He was originally signed in March of 2002 to a five-year deal worth $22 million. Once it was learned that Glover would indeed be wearing the silver and blue, it was viewed as the biggest free agent signing by the Cowboys since 1995- when they inked Deion Sanders. Glover's deal included a $6 million signing bonus.
La'Roi Glover was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl after recording 52 total tackles, including 5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, and 23 quarterback pressures on the season. He finished 11th in the NFL in sacks by defensive tackles with 5.
"He's a solid guy," Parcells said of Glover. "One of the great things I have here with the Cowboys is that I've got about 10 or 12 guys that I just don't ever worry about, and he's one of them. Quite frankly- we need to find more guys like him."
"Stamina and staying power, stamina and staying power -- he's been preaching that every day since training camp began," said Glover of new head coach Bill Parcells last season. "He keeps asking, 'Who can take a shot to the chin and come back?' With our style of football, we know the games will come down to the fourth quarter and we've got to be ready. That's coach Parcells talking, too."
Glover was brought to Dallas two years ago to help a defense sorely in need of a playmaker, and he hasn't disappointed. Using his infectious attitude and work ethic, Glover has helped transform the Cowboys' defense to one of the best in the National Football League. And with the addition of Marcellus Wiley in 2004, the Cowboys now have one more weapon up front, and that alone should help free up Glover to more one-on-one situations.