Every budding athletic career has its seminal moment that place in time when an event so significant occurs that it greatly influences the player’s future and alters his life forever.

For Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon that moment came while he was attending a University of Virginia football camp near the end of his sophomore year at Westfield High School in Chantily Va.

Coming off a season in which he’d taken only about a third of the snaps while playing behind a fellow sophomore Glennon wasn’t even in position at that point to be thinking about a college football career much less a pro career.

But that all changed when then-Cavaliers coach Al Groh the one-time New York Jets head coach approached Glennon and his father at camp’s end and offered Glennon a scholarship on the spot.

“Al asked us why we thought he was (offering the scholarship) and Mike said he thought it was because of his (throwing) mechanics or the way he spins the ball’’ John Glennon said. “But then Al says ‘No it’s because of your footwork.’

“He said to Mike ‘You’re 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds’ which is what Mike weighed at the time ‘and you’ve got excellent footwork.’ After what had happened his sophomore year at school that really boosted Mike’s confidence.

“That was the point where he really knew he had what it took to play at the next level. And it was interesting what happened the next year because I think the person who was most shocked by it all was his high school coach.’’

Shocked but not stubborn. When Glennon’s junior season at Westfield High started the following fall the quarterback who played ahead of him the year before was playing wide receiver and Glennon was under center.

Westfield excelled as a result. During Glennon’s senior season in which he completed 171 of 265 passes (64.5 percent) for 2557 yards and 32 touchdowns the Bulldogs went 15-0 and won the Virginia AAA Division VI championship.

Glennon didn’t fare too badly either. He was named a Parade All-American and went on to become one of the five best collegiate passers in North Carolina State history.