"Sometimes," he said. "No, I don't really feel old, because I can still play. But it's cool to see guys like me, (QB) Drew (Bledsoe), Key (WR Keyshawn Johnson) and (OL) Larry (Allen) still around. It's all 'want to,' at least for me it is. I have a passion to play this game, to cover wide receivers."
It is Glenn's passion that made Parcells want to bring him to Dallas
from the Houston Texans. Parcells spoke Friday about Glenn's coverage
ability, his athleticism, his preparation for games and attention to
detail, the way he takes care of his body and his knowledge and
leadership. Parcells said Glenn reminds him of Darrell Green, the
ageless wonder who played for two decades for the Washington Redskins.
"That's a flattering compliment," Glenn said, "because you're talking
about one of the greatest corners who's ever played. But 20 years? I
don't know -- that's a long time. I don't think about that. I'm going
to continue to prepare as if it's my last year -- I always prepare that
way. That's something Bill (Parcells) taught me when I played for him
in New York.
"When the desire is gone, then I'll stop playing. The good thing is,
it's not gone. I try to keep myself in good shape, and ready to play."
In addition to getting himself ready to play, Glenn has learned that
part of his role is helping to get his young teammates in the Dallas
secondary ready to face the NFL's top receivers.
"I think these guys respect me, what I bring," Glenn said. "Safeties,
cornerbacks … they all ask questions about receivers, about coverages.
'New' (CB Terence Newman), who I think is a future all-star in this
league, he's been asking a lot. He's like (Houston CB) Dunta Robinson
was last year, asking a lot of questions. That's what I like about this
group. They want get better and they want to win. They're willing to
learn. I was lucky to have Ronnie Lott to learn from -- that was a huge
deal for me. Now I get to pass some of that on to these guys."
Despite the comparisons with Green and the respect his young teammates
have for him, Glenn begrudgingly admits there is one aspect of his
relationship with his teammates that makes him feel … old.
"Music," he said. "Music. I hear some of the songs these guys play, and
I try to get with it, but … I don't know. I'm still just a 'back in the
day' guy. That's just me."
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