David Glinka
Michigan Wolverines
Glinka in 1960 Michigan-Minnesota game
Born:January 22, 1941 (1941-01-22) (age 81)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Career information
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight198 lb (90 kg)
High schoolCatholic Central High School, Toledo, Ohio
Career history
As player

David J. Glinka (born January 22, 1941) is a retired American football player. He played at the quarterback position for the University of Michigan from 1960 to 1962.

Early years

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Glinka attended Toledo Catholic Central High School,[1] winning all-city and all-state honors in football.[2]

University of Michigan

In 1959, Glinka enrolled at the University of Michigan.[3] He played quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1960 to 1962 and completed 107 of 237 passes for 1,394 yards, 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.[4]

1960 season

As a sophomore, Glinka played in all nine games at quarterback, three as a starter, for the 1960 Michigan Wolverines football team.[4][5][6] He was the first sophomore to start as Michigan's quarterback since Forest Evashevski in 1938.[7][8][9] He made his debut as Michigan's starting quarterback in the season opener against Oregon. Glinka completed 5 of 11 passes against Oregon and threw two touchdown passes (to George Mans and Scott Maentz) to lead the Wolverines to a 21–0 victory.[4][10] Against Michigan State in the second game of the 1960 season, Glinka completed 6 of 19 passes for 96 yards.[4] In the third game of the 1960 season, Glinka led the Wolverines to a 31–6 win over Duke. Glinka completed 8 of 14 passes for 111 yards.[4] On the first drive of the second half against Duke, Glinka led the Wolverines to a touchdown with passes of 34 yards to Scott Maentz, 11 yards to Bob Johson and 5 yards to Dennis Fitzgerald.[11] In week four, Glinka led Michigan to a 14–7 win over Northwestern, throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass to Bob Johnson; Johnson caught three of Glinka's passes in the game for 97 yards.[4] In the fifth game of the season, Glinka was intercepted twice in 10–0 loss to Minnesota. In the sixth game, Glinka completed 7 of 18 passes in a loss to Wisconsin. During the 1960 season, Glinka completed 54 of 124 passes for 755 yards and five interceptions. However, he also threw 11 interceptions in nine games.[4]

1961 season

As a junior in 1961, Glinka again appeared in all nine games for the Wolverines.[12][13] Glinka had his best game in a 16–14 victory over Purdue in October 1961. Glinka completed 9 of 11 passes for 170 yards, including a game-winning 72-yard touchdown pass to Bennie McRae in the third quarter.[14] After the game, Michigan head coach Bump Elliott said, "He really came through out there. It was his best day."[15] Three weeks later, Glinka had another strong showing in 28–14 win over Duke. Glinka was four-for-eight passing and threw two touchdown passes, including a 45-yard touchdown pass to Robert Brown.[4] And on November 18, he ran 44 yards for a touchdown in a comeback victory over Iowa.[16] During the 1961 season, Glinka completed 46 of 96 passes for 588 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.[17]

1962 season

As a senior in 1962, Glinka began the season as Michigan's No. 1 quarterback.[18] An Associated Press story in the spring of 1962 touted the strength of Michigan's quarterbacking corps and said of Glinka: "No. 1 quarterback, of course, is the ever-improving Toledo senior Dave Glinka. He's in solid with his bosses after two seasons as the leading signal caller. Michigan has been 5-4 and 6-3 in those seasons."[19] After being switched to defense,[20] Glinka was injured in the fourth game of the season against Purdue, underwent knee surgery on October 23, 1962, and missed the remainder of the 1962 season.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Confident Glinka Makes Good as Michigan Back". Deseret News and Telegram. October 13, 1960.
  2. ^ "Wolves' Fortune Depends on Soph". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 17, 1960.
  3. ^ "Two Toledoans To Aid Wolves: Glinka, Szymanski May Make Grade". Toledo Blade. July 23, 1959.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12.
  5. ^ "1960 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  6. ^ Tony Ingrassia (October 26, 1960). "Glinka Wolves' Answer To Miller". The Milwaukee Sentinel.
  7. ^ Cliff Marks (September 23, 1960). "Tradition-Breaker: Glinka To Lead 'M' In Opening Game". The Michigan Daily. p. 6 – via Bentley Historical Library.
  8. ^ "Dave Glinka: He Arms Michigan For Grid War". Toledo Blade. September 24, 1961.
  9. ^ Bob Pille (September 26, 1961). "Dave Is Key To U-M Hopes: More Pressure on Glinka". Detroit Free Press. p. 31.
  10. ^ "MICHIGAN VICTOR OVER OREGON, 21-0; Glinka Passes for 2 Scores and Raimey Races 25 Yards for Another". The New York Times. September 25, 1960.
  11. ^ "Wolverines Claw Blue Devils, 31-6". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 8, 1960.
  12. ^ "1961 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.
  13. ^ Joe Falls (October 21, 1961). "U-M Puts It Up to Glinka". Detroit Free Press. p. 51.
  14. ^ Brian MacClowry (October 26, 1961). "Glinka's Passes Quiet Criticism". The Michigan Daily. p. 7 – via Bentley Historical Library.
  15. ^ "Elliott Praises Dave: Glinka Had His Best Day". Toledo Blade. 1961-10-22.
  16. ^ Cliff Marks (November 19, 1961). "Elliott Cites Glinka Score As Momentum for Comeback". The Michigan Daily. p. 7 – via Bentley Historical Library.
  17. ^ "1961 Michigan Wolverines Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  18. ^ Jerry Kalish (April 26, 1962). "Glinka Again Top Candidate". The Michigan Daily. p. 6 – via Bentley Historical Library.
  19. ^ "Glinka Still Tops in UM Grid Camp". Toledo Blade (AP story). April 19, 1962.
  20. ^ Joe Falls (October 22, 1962). "Faces Knee Surgery: Glinka's College Career Is Ended". Detroit Free Press. p. 30.
  21. ^ "Glinkq Lost to Michigan For Season". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 23, 1962.
  22. ^ "Glinka Out for Season". The Owosso Argus-Press (AP story). October 23, 1962.