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Bill Glass played defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and was on
the winning side in the 1964 National Football League championship (the
precursor to the Super Bowl). After his retirement from football in 1969, he incorporated
the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association (the name was changed in the early
1990s to Bill Glass Ministries). In the 1970s, the direction of the organization
changed from town or city-wide crusades to prison ministries that combined
comments about sports, sports celebrities, and a talk about how to find
salvation. By 1971, the ministry was able to visit about 100 prisons a
year. (see the guide to Collection 455.
Glass wrote a number of books, at least one of which was about the prison
ministry, titled Free at Last.
There are other materials about prison ministries among our archival collections. Everyone is welcome to come and browse.