In this week's edition of Where Are They Now Wednesday, we take a look at the Mountaineer safety who graduated in 2011, Sidney Glover.
Glover was a three-year starter for WVU. He thought of himself as an "old school" style safety, a hard-hitter with great instincts. He particularly loved playing up in the box, where his size helped him as a rover. In the many different coverages in the 3-3-5 stack defense, Glover could find himself lined up at safety, linebacker and corner all in the same series.
He did his job well enough to get an invite to training camp with the Buffalo Bills in 2011. The team let him go following the preseason, and that was the last time he stepped onto a football field in uniform.
"My favorite memories of playing for the Mountaineers," Glover told us, "were the players I played with and the big games, like those against Auburn and LSU."
The game known as the "White Out" against South Florida in 2008 was another game Glover remembers fondly. Not only was it Pat White's last home game at WVU, but it turned out to be perhaps the biggest game individually of Glover's career. USF drove into Mountaineer territory on each of it's first four drives. Glover ended two of them. One on a fumble recovery and on the other he intercepted a Matt Groethe pass in the endzone. If it weren't for Glover, the Mountaineers may not have won the game 13-7.
So where is he now?
Glover used the degree he received in multidisciplinary studies to pursue a teaching career. He currently is a Special Education teacher at Willard Elementary in Warren, OH, where he lives with his wife and two children. His role at the school and his background in athletics are helping him grow into an important resource to the youth of the Warren community.
"I enjoy it," he said. "Going back to my old city, (teaching) is always something I felt like getting into."
Glover traded his football uniform for a shirt and tie in the classroom where he specializes in helping those kids who need extra help.
"I go to some of the kids who are behind and provide individual attention," he said. "We do it in small groups where I can give kids more individualized attention."
In regards to his new wardrobe he said, "People look at you differently in a shirt and tie. They know what I used to do and then they see me in the classroom, leading assemblies, in the halls, and it helps them believe that they can do it too."
He said he recently received a call from the CFL to gauge his interest. He explained that football is in his past and has a lot on his plate between his teaching duties and family, but he talks to the high school players in his town. He said they are always on the phone with him, asking for advice.
He said that he doesn't have much time to watch the current crop of Mountaineers on Saturdays, but, "I always root for my boys on Sunday: Tavon, McAfee, Tandy and the others."
To add to his hectic schedule, Glover is in the process of earning his Master's Degree in education and he also revealed that he and his wife are expecting their third child.
"I have a busy life," he said.
In hearing him talk about his budding teaching career and his family you get the distinct feeling he's fine with the busy life. He's a very happy man.