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14-year NFL veteran Nesby Glasgow passes away

A veteran of 14 NFL autumns who played for the Colts in Baltimore and Indianapolis before ending his career with the Seattle Seahawks, Nesby Glasgow has passed away at the age of 62.

The Seahawks confirmed the passing of Glasgow, who had been battling cancer, on Wednesday morning.

Glasgow's death was previously reported by The Seattle Times and other news outlets on Tuesday.

A safety and kick returner in the league from 1979, when he was drafted by the Colts in the eighth round, until 1992 when he concluded his career with the Seahawks, Glasgow played 205 games with 145 starts.

According to a Seahawks.com story from October of 2018, Glasgow was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, which started in his stomach and liver.

"You never give up. Too many people give in to cancer and I'm telling you that it doesn't define you," Glasgow told the website. "I decided right away that I was not going to allow chemotherapy to dictate what happens next in my life. You fight, and you believe in yourself. I always have, and I always will."

Across his career, Glasgow began as a solid kick returner his rookie year, tallying 352 yards on punt returns and 1,126 on kick returns in 1979. His return days lessened as his impact in the defensive backfield grew. He was a mainstay as a starting free safety and then strong from 1980 to 1987 with the Colts. After moving on to the Seahawks, he started 29 games over the 1989-1990 seasons.

Glasgow had 15 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries in his career.

Though he was a veteran of more than a decade in the NFL, Glasgow is likely most revered for his days at the University of Washington. As a Husky, he was a multiple time All-Pacific 8 selection as a cornerback and most famously garnered a game-sealing interception in the end zone during the 1978 Rose Bowl, which Washington won, 27-20, against Michigan. Now, Glasgow lives on as an inductee in the Husky Hall of Fame, where he was enshrined in 2001.

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