BOSTON (AP) - Controversial wide receiver Terry Glenn said he probably does not deserve a ring from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, but would accept one if it were offered.
"Do I deserve a ring compared to the guys who were out there and won the Super Bowl? Of course not," Glenn told The Boston Globe in a telephone interview Thursday from his home in Columbus, Ohio.
"I was happy for those guys. They're my friends. But I felt like I was still a part of that organization. I did play some this year," the former Ohio State standout said.
The NFL suspended Glenn for the first four games of the year for missing a drug test in violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He later was inactive for the six games because of a hamstring injury and a contract dispute, and was suspended by the team for the Dec. 2 game against the New York Jets after he refused to practice.
Glenn came back and played three more games before the Patriots put him on the inactive list for the regular-season finale against Carolina.
When he missed more team meetings and practices, coach Bill Belichick suspended Glenn for the playoffs.
The Patriots will get a monetary allotment for 125 rings, and team owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick will likely decide who gets a ring.
"If they offer me one, I'll certainly accept it and keep it in my archives," Glenn said. "It would be nice to get one."
Glenn said he watched the Pats beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 on TV.
"It hurt, sure, it hurt. I was in this organization since the last Super Bowl," he said. "I would have loved to have played in that game. I felt good for the people in that organization. I felt good for Mr. Kraft."
Now, Glenn said, he would like to leave the Patriots.
"Now that they've won the Super Bowl, why bother with me?" he said. "Just reach a settlement. I don't even care about the money. Let's just break it off."
Glenn is fifth on the Patriots career list with 4,669 yards and fourth in catches with 329. The 27-year-old Glenn made the Pro Bowl in 1999, when he caught 69 passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns.
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