Joey Glennon Jr.

School: School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management
Degree: BS, sport and recreation management, 2019
Hometown: Haddonfield, New Jersey

Growing up in South Jersey, Joey Glennon Jr., STH ’19, wasn’t a superstar on the football field. But he had deep knowledge of the game and a passion for watching game film. Those skills allowed him to quickly make his mark as a video assistant with Temple football, and carried him to the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers in just five years.

Eyes on the prize

When Glennon was in the final days of his youth football career at Haddonfield Memorial High School in South Jersey, a pair of Temple football coaches came to a game to recruit potential players. 

Glennon wasn’t one of them, but the encounter led him to the Owls nonetheless. 

Over his career at Haddonfield, Glennon was just an OK wide receiver and defensive back. But he excelled in the science of the sport, watching tape of his teammates and opponents to identify strengths and weaknesses. So when then-Temple Head Coach Matt Rhule and Assistant Coach Ed Foley showed up, Glennon eyed an opportunity. 

“Foley lived in Haddonfield, and I knew him from growing up and playing with his son,” Glennon said. “I talked to them and asked if I could be on the video team as a student.” 

The answer was yes. By the time summer arrived, Glennon was already working with the Temple football program, helping to shoot practices and prepare the team for one of its most successful seasons in program history. 

Tale of the tape

At Temple, Glennon—on paper—pursued a degree in sport and recreation management. But in actuality, he was already training for a career. 

The program’s emphasis on real-world experience allowed him to participate in internships for class credit. As a freshman, he continued his work with Temple football, recording, cutting and parsing film for a 2015 team that beat Penn State for the first time since 1941 on its way to a 10-4 record. 

When a graduate student assistant in the video department left two games into the season during Glennon’s sophomore year, he was tapped to fill the void. 

“Even though I was a sophomore, I was kind of the veteran student,” Glennon said. “I was able to go on all the road trips, shooting every game, taking on more of a leadership role. Once that season hit, I came into my own.” 

When Rhule and much of his staff departed after the 2016 season, Glennon expanded his horizons. In 2017, he interned with NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, researching old footage and helping to build highlight packages for former players. During his senior year, he landed an internship with the Eagles, filming and editing practices and walkthroughs and helping to physically set up and test camera equipment. 

But his old crew would soon come calling for even bigger things. 

Joey Glennon Jr poses for a photo.
Joey Glennon Jr poses for a photo.

“Even though I was a sophomore, I was kind of the veteran student. I was able to go on all the road trips, shooting every game, taking on more of a leadership role. Once that season hit, I came into my own.” 

–Joey Glennon Jr
Assistant video director

Going pro

After graduation, Glennon took a job as associate director of football technology at Baylor University, where Rhule was having success as head coach. Afterward, when Rhule transitioned to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, he took much of his staff along, including Glennon. At only 23, Glennon was now a video assistant on an NFL team. 

Rhule was dismissed from the Panthers in 2022. But Glennon continues to rise.  

Today, he’s helping the team excel on the field from the video room, where he oversees a massive operation as assistant video director. Practices are shot with up to 16 different cameras. Every week there’s also film to watch of the team's last performance, upcoming opponents and potential college players to draft. Glennon’s job is to make sure every player and coach has every video they need, organized for easy navigation, as soon as possible.  

Hopefully, it all leads to a win on Sunday. 

“Then it starts all over again,” Glennon said. “Opponent film starts coming in on Sunday night. Right back to it. Rinse, repeat.”