In today's "Five Minutes with Roob," Reuben Frank chats with Eagles cornerback Tay Glover-Wright:
Roob: Let’s talk about your childhood in Smyrna, Georgia. You went to Campbell High School in Smyrna, outside Atlanta, which is also the alma mater of actress Julia Roberts. Were you guys in school together?
Glover-Wright: I wish we were! She’s got a few years on me!
Roob: Growing up in Atlanta, you were a Braves, Falcons and Hawks fan. Who was your favorite Falcon?
Glover-Wright: Mike Vick. Also Deion Sanders.
Roob: So let’s talk about your route to the NFL. Your journey took some twists and turns.
Glover-Wright: When I first came out of high school, I was at Highland Kansas (junior college), and we weren’t that good, and the coach that brought me there, he knew that I wasn’t really feeling it at Highland and losing all the time, and he had a friend out in Eastern Arizona (junior college) who was a coach, and when we were done with our season, they sent me out there for my sophomore year of JUCO. So I was at Eastern Arizona and we played a school called Snow College, which was a junior college out of Utah, and I made a couple big plays in that game, and Utah State had a coach or a scout in the stands and saw it, and he came out to practice the next week and offered me (a scholarship). Snow College got me where I am.
Roob: The Falcons signed you out of college and you spent time with the Falcons, Packers and Colts before signing with the Eagles earlier this camp. What’s it been like being with all those different teams?
Glover-Wright: I think eventually it all starts to come together and you start making all things one thing, but the locker rooms are different, the coaches have different styles, different schemes, different mindsets. But it’s been cool. I’ve met a lot of good people along the way, learned a lot from a lot of the veterans along the way, so it’s been a cool experience for me.
Roob: And then in 2015 you actually got to play in a couple games for the Colts, mainly on special teams. What was that experience like, finally getting to play in regular-season games?
Glover-Wright: Oh man, I was ecstatic. It was great to be out there on the field with the boys that I watch on TV actually playing.
Roob: After training camp with the Colts last summer you were released and spent the year out of football. What was it like being unemployed?
Glover-Wright: I wasn’t necessarily unemployed, I just wasn’t playing football anymore. I was like, oh, lemme go look into marketing and see what this is about. So I got into it and found myself walking through neighborhoods going door-to-door selling DIRECTV and, granted, I was one of the top sellers in the office, I take pride in that, but I figured that wasn’t really for me. You meet different types of people and some people are really nasty and you just gotta stay professional … “Have a good day!” After that, I gave (head) coach (Gary) Anderson up at Oregon a call and asked if he had anything available and he let me know that it was full right now but later on when changes are made and spots open up, he’d give me a call, and when January came around he gave me that call, which I definitely appreciate, and I went out there and I was with him for spring ball and we were just about to start our camp when I got the call to come out here.
Roob: Coach Anderson had been your head coach at Utah State. Is coaching something you’d like to get into at some point?
Glover-Wright: When it’s all over and done I definitely want to coach. I love the game. This is what I’ve done all my life.
Roob: The cornerback position here is pretty unsettled. What do you think of this opportunity for you?
Glover-Wright: It’s an opportunity, and I’m trying to make the most out of the opportunity, no matter where I am. Trying to get myself out there, put good film out there.
Roob: How excited are you to go back to Green Bay, where you spent 2015 on the practice squad, for the Eagles' preseason opener?
Glover-Wright: It’s going to be a great experience. I’ve had butterflies just thinking about it getting ready to go to bed. I always envision it. It’s going to be cool. A little weird but cool. I loved being in Lambeau when I was out there.