An All-America football and baseball player at East Carolina, Glen Bass played football for the Pirates from 1957 to 1960 and baseball in 1961. He was an All-North State and All-NAIA District 26 selection in football his junior and senior year. Also in his senior year, Bass was named to the National NAIA third-team, despite being injured for most of the season.
In 1960, Bass recorded East Carolina's longest kick-off return ever, running back a kickoff for 100 yards against Richmond on November 19. Bass served as team captain that season and helped the Pirates to a 7-3 overall record.
Bass was named all-conference on the baseball diamond in 1961 and also received honorable mention accolades on the All-NAIA Tournament Team that season.
After his college career ended, Bass was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals (of the National Football League) and the San Diego Chargers (of the American Football League) in the 1961. He eventually signed with the Chargers before being traded to the Buffalo Bills where he played until 1966. He spent the 1966 and '67 season with the Houston Oilers before his professional career ended.