Mike Glass has been around the block once for twice since coming out of Hazelwood Central High School in 2014. The St. Louis Native has had to fight and claw for any opportunity coming out of high school as an undersized and underrecruited signal caller, despite being a Four-Time All-Conference QB, leading his team to a 12-1 record.
But despite all the ups and downs, Glass has continued to buckle down and push on. After stops in JuCo at Fort Scott CC, and Southwestern JC (CA), Glass has continued to make plays and overachieve even when it appeared the odds were against him. After dominating 2016 at Southwestern JC where Glass won the Southern California Football Association Offensive Player of the Year award, was awarded the team’s MVP award and led the Jaguars to a 9-2 record with a trip to the American Division Championship Bowl, Glass found himself still fighting for an opportunity at the FBS-Level enroute to Eastern Michigan University.
Glass was originally ineligible in 2017, at EMU and would spend that fall watching Brogan Roback from the stands, learning the playbook from a far, before taking the reins in 2018 as EMU’s starter. In his short time in EMU, Glass became a star breaking records and earning second team All-MAC, putting up 3,597 yards of total offense (401 rushing, 3,169 passing) and 32 touchdowns surpassing Charlie Batch’s mark of 3,390 that has stood since 1997. Despite all the accolades, a last second lapse of judgment in EMU’s bowl game left Glass wondering what was next in his football future.
Glass would work as a GA in 2021 at Dayton University before giving football another shot as a player. Glass would cut his professional “teeth” with IFL’s Massachusetts Pirates in 2022 throwing for 345 yards for 8 touchdowns, while adding 2 touchdowns on the ground. He’d translate that success into an opportunity with the Montreal Alouettes and dressing for both preseason games, completing five-of-seven passes for 47 yards. however, he lost out to Caleb Evans and Davis Alexander in the race to back up new franchise quarterback Cody Fajardo.
Glass returned to the IFL for a “cameo” appearance in 2023, appearing in One regular season game for the Pirates due to injuries and would come up short despite a heroic performance totaling 3 touchdowns in the Pirates playoff game.
Now Glass has another opportunity at the CFL, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who signed him on August 13th. With injuries to Quarterbacks Matthew Shiltz, and Bo Levi Mitchell, Glass now joins another former EMU QB Taylor Powell, and versatile QB/WR Kai Locksley in hopes of making an impact on the Canadian level. Regardless, no matter what Glass will continue to fight for a roster spot and an opportunity to solidify himself as a professional football player no matter what level or country as long as he can.
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