Athlete. An all-state football player from DeWitt, Glenn went on to UN-L where he was all-conference for two years and part of the team that beat Illinois and Red Grange in 1925. After college Glenn moved on to pro football passing up a contract with the New York Giants to play for the Ironton, Ohio Tanks because they offered him a full-time teaching and coaching job in the school system. When the Ironton franchise folded because of the depression, he moved to the Portsmouth Spartans. In 1931 the Spartans moved to Detroit and became the Detroit Lions. As a quarterback Glenn made All-Pro in 1931 and 1933. Glenn led the Lions to the NFL championship in 1935 beating the New York Giants 26-7. At 5-10 and 190 pounds, the former Husker was a 60-minute player rushing for 2, 067 yards, passing for 2,317 yards and scoring 217 points in his career. He kicked a 52-yard field goal in 1932, which stood as an NFL record for 19 years. He returned to UN-L in 1938 as an assistant coach and became head coach in 1942 for one year. After duty with the Army he took on the job of head football coach and athletic director at Eastern Kentucky until his retirement in 1972. Reaching the age of 98 this year Glenn is the oldest living NFL player and the oldest living ex-Nebraska football coach. Glenn was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1973. Settled in Ironton, Ohio.
Glenn Presnell – DeWitt
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