How a Mormon kid from Utah ended up playing football at Florida A&M
Anticipating that life would only become more chaotic once football and school were in full swing, Casey and Carol decided they needed to go to the temple. It was easy in Ephraim with the Manti Temple only 10 minutes away. But the nearest temple to them now was in Orlando — a four-hour drive. But it was worth the trip, they said.
“That temple trip was special because we both really needed peace in our lives at that time,” Carol said. “It was a real comfort having some familiarity of the temple in a place that is so vastly different than what we are used to. Whether it’s in Manti or Orlando, the temple feels like home.”
“We were far from home in a new place and we looked at each other like, ‘Wow, what did we get ourselves into?’” Casey said. “But after the temple visit I felt more calm. When we came back our stuff had finally arrived. Carol found a job and I started football. Since then our lives have been crazy busy and we haven’t looked back.”
Florida A&M is a traditionally black college in Tallahassee. The football program is in the Football Championship Subdivision classification and plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Its mascot is the “Rattlers.”
So far this season the team is 1-4, including a discouraging 76-0 loss at Ohio State.
Glines, No. 9, has played in all five games, catching three passes for 22 yards and one touchdown. He feels like he is fitting in.
“In football you meet all kinds of people from all walks of life,” he said. “Coming down here has been unique, but it’s also been good. The guys treat me like one of them. You have that bond of playing football.”
Carol finds it interesting to sit in the stands and listen to the comments by those around her who aren’t aware of her connection to Casey. But once they find out she has a husband on the team, it doesn’t take them long to figure it out who he is.
“It’s all positive. They all say to throw the fade to No. 9. Don’t you see that he’s 6-foot-6?” she said. “The FAMU fans have high hopes for Casey and see him as a guy who can score touchdowns.”
There is only one other married player on the team, and Carol said her husband is sometimes looked at "like he is crazy."
“The whole mindset of marriage is different here," she said.
The Glines are building friendships despite differences. As players have learned that Casey is a Mormon, they have reacted positively, he said. Some are content to know he believes in Christ. Others have asked deeper questions. He tries to keep the answers simple.
“People look at us,” Carol said. “We are trying to be good examples.”
Casey will soon have more opportunities to teach the gospel. He was recently called to leave his position as nursery leader and become the second counselor in his LDS ward’s elders quorum.
The adventure continues, he said.
“As a small-town kid from Utah, I didn’t expect anything like this to happen. I played sports for fun, something to do to stay active,” Glines said. “You never know where life might take you.”
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