Graham Glasgow is a fan favorite - he’s witty, he has a sick mustache, and he’s a hell of a football player. Being an offensive lineman, the last one on that list is often overlooked. Glasgow played another terrific game on Sunday, playing a pivotal role in the Lions’ win over the Chargers and furthering his case for the Lions to give him a long-overdue extension. Let’s take a closer look.
Unsung hero of the week: Graham Glasgow
We’ll start with what turned out to be one of the two most important plays of the game for the Lions, the Kerryon Johnson touchdown:
Everyone talked about Frank Ragnow's block on the Kerryon TD catch, but without Graham Glasgow's block here, it's a TFL: pic.twitter.com/7KR2XP0W6Q— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) September 16, 2019
Glasgow takes on a charging defensive back to not only save a TFL as Jeremy points out, but also to give Kerryon Johnson the time and space he very much needed to concentrate and reel in the bobbled ball.
This led to the Lions’ only touchdown in the first three and a half quarters. Not having this play would’ve likely resulted in a much bigger hole for the Lions moving forward, and would’ve changed the dynamics of both offenses in a way not very favorable to the Lions.
This play wasn’t an outlier, either. Glasgow was playing at his best for the entire day:
The #Lions highest graded player on each side of the ball in their Week 2 victory over the Chargers:— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) September 16, 2019
G Graham Glasgow
78.7 OVR (6th)
62.2 Pass Block
79.9 Run Block (4th)
DI A'Shawn Robinson
80.9 OVR (11th)
81.3 Run D (T-4th)
63.2 Pass Rush
74.3 Tackling (2nd)
The fun doesn’t stop there, though. The Lions guard, his face plastered with a mustache from the wrong century, is always having a good time, including when talking about the game-winning ‘naked bootleg’ touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay:
Graham Glasgow on the game-clinching pass call:— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) September 15, 2019
“I’m an offensive lineman. I always love a good naked.” pic.twitter.com/l3tXwb93xb
A grown man with that sense of humor is already a winner. Combine that with Glasgow’s stellar performance throughout the entire game and his clutch block on the Lions’ near-miss touchdown in the first quarter, and Sunday left us all scratching our heads as to why the Lions haven’t already offered Glasgow a well-deserved contract extension.