PRO: After making a dramatic improvement in their run defense from the 2000 season to the 2001 season, the Cowboys were looking for a defensive tackle that could rush the passer and stop the run. They found their man in La'Roi Glover and signed him to a long term contract on March 12, 2002. He came to Dallas as an unrestricted free agent from New Orleans - where he rapidly emerged as one of the NFL's most productive defensive tackles over the course of the past five years. Glover is a strong, quick lineman who has been selected to two Pro Bowls while recording 25 sacks over the past two seasons, and he has registered 50 sacks during his six-year career. From 1998 to 2000, only two other NFL players posted more sacks than Glover's 35.5 (Kevin Carter - 39.5 and Warren Sapp - 36). Glover's 17 sacks in 2000 tied the New Orleans single season record that was set by Pat Swilling in 1992, and that figure is the second highest sack total by any defensive tackle in NFL history - since sacks were first registered as an official NFL stat in 1982. With an outstanding presence as an inside run stopper, Glover will compliment the talents of fellow tackles Brandon Noble and Michael Myers. His fine pass rushing ability should aid the talents of defensive end Greg Ellis as well.
2001: Glover earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection after totaling 45 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His eight sacks ranked third on the team and helped the Saints lead the NFL in sacks-per-pass play. He opened the season with two stops and a sack at Buffalo (9/9), then posted three tackles and a sack at the N.Y. Giants (9/30). In the Saints' home opener against Minnesota (10/7), he totaled four tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble while holding the Vikings ground attack to just 34 yards. He recorded two stops and two fumble recoveries at Carolina (10/14) before posting four stops against Atlanta (10/21). Against Indianapolis (11/18), he totaled two stops, then tallied four tackles at New England (11/25). Against Carolina (12/2), he recorded three tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble while helping the defense limit the Panthers to just 49 rushing yards on 19 attempts (2.6 avg.) and 150 total yards. He posted two tackles, a forced fumble and half a sack at Atlanta (12/9) then totaled three stops and a sack against St. Louis (12/17). He recorded a season-high six tackles and a sack against Washington (12/30) before closing the season with three stops against San Francisco (1/6/02).
2000: With one of the more dominating defensive performances in the NFL, Glover was selected to his first Pro Bowl while earning consensus All-Pro honors and NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the NFL with 17 sacks for losses of 112 yards. This sack total ranks second in NFL annals among defensive tackles, trailing Minnesota's Keith Millard's 18-sack effort in 1989. He also recorded 65 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. His performances earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors an NFC-record three times while earning NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. At the time, he was just the ninth player in NFL history to win conference Player of the Week honors in two consecutive weeks - at Chicago (10/8) and against Carolina (10/15). He recorded his first sack of the season against Detroit (9/3) while totaling six tackles. He finished with two stops and sacks on consecutive plays at San Diego (9/10) before tallying four tackles and a career-high tying three sacks at Chicago (10/8), earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He earned Defensive Player of the Week honors the following week against Carolina (10/15) after recording another three sack performance. At Atlanta (10/22), he totaled three tackles and a sack, then registered six stops, two sacks and a forced fumble at Arizona (10/29). He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October after posting 17 tackles, nine sacks and a forced fumble in four games. He recorded his 11th sack of the year at Carolina (11/12), and he earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a record third time after totaling five stops, a career-high tying three sacks and a forced fumble at St. Louis (11/26). Glover's performance helped the Saints defense limit Rams running back Marshall Faulk to 27 rushing yards in New Orleans 31-24 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions. He returned the next week against Denver (12/3) to record a season-high 10 tackles, then forced a key third quarter fumble at San Francisco (12/10) which led to a Saints field goal in a 31-27 victory. In the NFC Wild Card game against St. Louis (12/30), he totaled six tackles and a fumble recovery to help the New Orleans defense limit Faulk to 24 rushing yards in the Saints 31-28 victory.
1999: Glover finished fifth on the Saints with 62 tackles while leading the team with 8.5 sacks. He also posted a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed. He recorded his first sack at Chicago (10/3), and he led the team with eight tackles at the N.Y. Giants (10/24). He registered his most productive game of the season at Baltimore (12/19) when he led the Saints with a career-high 11 tackles and a career-high tying three sacks.
1998: In starting 15-of-16 games for the Saints, he led the team with 10 sacks while posting 67 tackles, three forced fumbles, an interception and a pass defensed. He was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl while earning All-Pro honors from USA Today and College & Pro Football Newsweekly, second-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and second-team All-NFC honors from Football News. He kicked off the season recording two sacks and a forced fumble at St. Louis (9/6). His forced fumble was returned for a Saints touchdown by Joe Johnson. He again posted two sacks and a forced fumble against Carolina (9/13), and he intercepted his first career pass against New England (10/4). He registered a season-high eight tackles and a sack at Carolina (11/1) before tying that mark with eight tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble against St. Louis (11/15). He earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after totaling four stops and two sacks against Dallas (12/6).
1997: Glover spent the spring playing for the Barcelona Dragons, helping the team to the World League title while earning All-World League honors. He ranked third in the league with 6.5 sacks while totaling 36 stops. He was waived by Oakland Aug. 24 and claimed by New Orleans Aug. 25, where he appeared in 15 games, starting two. He finished 12th on the team with 33 tackles and fourth with 6.5 sacks while also registering a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Against San Diego (9/7), he registered three tackles and a fumble recovery. He posted three stops at San Francisco (9/14) before recording his first career sack against Detroit (9/21). He tallied his second sack at Chicago (10/5), and he recorded his best game of the season against San Francisco (10/26) when he registered five tackles and a sack. Against Seattle (11/16), he totaled three tackles, a sack and a pass defensed. He started his first NFL game at Carolina (11/30) and his second in the season finale at Kansas City (12/21).
1996: After being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (166th overall) of the NFL Draft, Glover was inactive for 13 games with the Raiders. He was active but did not play at Chicago (9/29). He saw his first NFL action against Minnesota (11/19) and totaled two tackles. He again saw action at Seattle (11/26) in the defensive line rotation and on special teams.
COLLEGE: Glover was a four-year starter at San Diego State, serving as defensive captain and earning Aztec Outstanding Defensive Lineman honors as a senior after totaling 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He was selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference second-team and to the West squad for the East-West Shrine Game. He was a second-team All-WAC selection as a sophomore and honorable mention selection as a freshman.
PERSONAL: Glover was named Cal-Hi Sports first-team, USA Today second-team All-America, San Diego co-Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times Lineman of the Year and CIF Player of the Year as a senior defensive lineman at Point Loma High School in San Diego, Calif. He closed his final prep campaign with 77 tackles, 17.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles and three passes defensed. He also earned three letters in track as a shot putter and three letters in wrestling, earning the top heavyweight wrestler ranking in the state of California as a senior. Glover was nominated by teammates for the Saints "Man of the YearÓ and "Unsung HeroÓ awards in 1999 and was named Saints Defensive MVP for the 2000 season. He graduated from San Diego State in the spring of 1999 with a double major in public administration and sociology.