Riverdale alumni, NFL lineman Cordy Glenn gives back to Alma Mater

By Luke Strickland

RIVERDALE — Giving back to the community in which they come from is a goal for many professional athletes. Riverdale native Cordy Glenn is the latest to stay true to his roots.

Glenn is a current member of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. In 2016, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $65 million with $30 million guaranteed. At the time, the contract made Glenn the highest-paid left tackle in the NFL.

The Riverdale High alumni used some of that money to give back to his Alma Mater last week. Glenn donated 90 pairs of Nike cleats to the program for players to use during the upcoming season.

“This is a very special deal for so many of our players,” Riverdale head coach Terry Herrod said. “A large number of our guys before today had never owned a new pair of football cleats. We have been recycling cleats for the past five years. Cordy impacted a lot of young men today with his gift.”

Glenn is a 2008 graduate of Riverdale where he played under current Mount Zion head coach Kevin Jones. He was named to the PrepStar All-America Team and was a 2007 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 selection. The AJC also named him a Class AAAA All-State Honorable Mention in 2007.

He then moved on to the University of Georgia, where he earned First Team All-SEC honors during his senior season. He is tied for first in career starts with Clint Boling at 50. Glenn was drafted in the second round of the 2012 Draft by the Bills.

Glenn is currently preparing for the upcoming NFL season. The Bills begin training camp Thursday.