Soldier surprised by football honor

Posted: Monday, February 08, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Fort Wainwright Army captain was surprised to find out he'd been named one of the best college football players of the past decade from teams not affiliated with conferences.

Twenty-six-year-old Joel Glover didn't know about being named to the Independents All-Decade Team by until a friend called him last month. Glover played left tackle for Army from 2001-05.

He stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and he played at 300 pounds. He slimmed down to 230 pounds at the end of his final season to meet Army regulations.

Glover tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that no one else in his family has served in the military but he felt a calling and decided to attend West Point.

He has been deployed to Iraq twice with Fort Wainwright's Stryker brigade.

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