Chapter 4: Saving Terry Glenn- A True Love Story…

For Each of Us to Ponder: In any relationship, we never know which one of us will leave this world first or when that will be.  If you wake up tomorrow and find that yesterday was your last together, will you regret your words from the day before? Love, The Kings

Opening thoughts from the LoveKings:

Hailing from The Ohio State University and selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft as the seventh overall pick, Terry Glenn was an incredible talent. Over the years of his career, he would also play for Green Bay and ultimately the Dallas Cowboys. Many will remember Terry for: being named an All-American, breaking every major Ohio State receiving record, being the nation’s best collegiate receiver earning him the honor of the Fred Biletnikoff Award, at one point making NFL history at that time by catching more than 90 passes in his rookie season, and notably catching Tom Brady’s first NFL career touchdown pass.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, he was a mystery to many and most comfortable moving under the radar and issuing trust to only a select few; presumably he may have been unintentionally conditioned that way. Tragically, Terry’s mother lost her life at the hands of a man that she’d just met; sadly, she was only 29 years old when she was abducted, beaten to death and left to die in an empty building. Glenn was just 13 at the time and he himself had only met his mother’s murderer less than a week before at their doorstep.

He’s shared in many interviews that his love for his sister and the comfort of a friend’s family who took him in saved him. But for all that we knew about Terry’s life, there was another portion that was a mystery to many- his last few years.

Verina’s Story: Losing my husband Terry was one of the hardest days of my life and it’s going to be hard for a very long time. For those of you who are single, I hope my story makes you believe in love. If you’re married, or in a relationship, I hope my story makes you want to love in a way that ignores the things that don’t matter and hold tightly to the things that do. Let me tell you why.

From the very beginning, Terry and I had a connection that was hard to explain. We moved fast, very fast. We’d only been together a few weeks before we had a family style date where he brought all of his kids and I brought my two daughters.  Others were surprised at how quickly we moved, but when you’re in love, you’re in love- and we were.  We soon became a blended family.  In the years to come, we would add to our family giving birth to our son, our only child together, who is now 7 months old.


Terry and I were the best of friends. He’s a former NFL player and I’ve spent time modeling; we both know the limelight and we no longer needed that so we avoided most public functions choosing to relax at home. The only thing that really got us out was our greatest shared passion- his foundation, 83 Kids. With that in mind, ironically it was a time that we’d chosen to go out and enjoy a Cowboys game that would lead to a night that we never would’ve imagined.

I’ve turned down countless media interviews because I just wasn’t ready; I’m grateful for everyone’s grace and patience because difficult is an understatement. My heart bleeds for all of Terry’s children including my own.  I’ll one day have to explain to my son the fateful night when he was 6 months old and his father lay dying on the ground.  In this my very first interview since that fatal November night, I’ve finally found the strength to share with you how our lives were forever changed…

Never before seen images. I was thankful that my family brought my kids to the hospital because it was really hitting me hard realizing that I would never see Terry again. They are the only reason that I am able to find my smile. Otherwise, it would be too hard to go on. In the end, although my husband is no longer physically here, I believe that my love saved him in so many ways before he left this earth. I am grateful that I’m alive to share my story with you. I hope you’re able to find a lesson to apply to your life and relationship. -Verina LeGrand


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11 thoughts on “Chapter 4: Saving Terry Glenn- A True Love Story…

  1. Verina,
    Thank you so much for being open about your love. You’ve given me some pieces to hold on to about love. I’m praying for comfort for you. I’m glad you were able to experience this love.


  2. Wow! Her courage is Amazing. I couldn’t fathom the feeling but I can tell she Really loves him. May her family continue being blessed and may God continue giving her strength. We never know when our number will be called . We must let our loved ones know that they are loved❤️.

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  3. I admire her strength and courage. I know it took a lot for her to talk about that night she loss a piece of herself. The love they shared for one another don’t come very often.


  4. We all should be so lucky to find “the one.” Terry was so blessed to have a wife who loved him unconditionally; a rare thing today. He also was blessed to have a woman who knew how to translate that love to all the children they shared together. What a wonderful, happy haven you and a Terry had together. Terry’s love for you must have been like Song of Solomen 4:9.


  5. Wow! What a beautiful love story with such a tragic ending. Just continue to thank God for the time the two of you got to share together! I’m so sorry for your loss boyfriend and BESTFRIEND all in one. One could only be so lucky to have a best friend in your boyfriend. You and I have never met but I heard a lot of wonderful things about you. Hold on to all your momeries, no one can take them from you their yours to keep forever. I can see his big bright beautiful smile looking at our heavenly father and reuniting with his mom, nephew, aunt and friends gone to young. May God bless you and keep you and yours. TY for such a heart warming story about love being able to conquer all.


  6. Thank you for sharing this incredible story and your true and genuine love of your husband with us. It’s so easy to take for granted our men, marriages and relationships and your story is timely and healing. Prayers and blessings to you and yours.


  7. Beautiful story. It opened my eyes to details of a relationship and things that I need to amend. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to give you the strength you need to persevere.


  8. So sorry for your loss, your story remind me of my friend Daphne Bell who was married to Todd Bell he was a Chicago Bear then went to the Philadelphia Eagles. He died in a car crash also, although there were no children in the marriage your stories are similar. Daphne ended up writing a book about her and Todd I think it was great healing therapy for her. Maybe when the time is right you may be able to put pen to paper and share your love story. May God continue to help you with your healing. Much love. I’m Valerie Peterson mother. God bless you….


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