No Surprise, It’s Matt McGloin

Photo by Steve Manuel

Photo by Steve Manuel

What a day for Matt McGloin.

By now—we assume—everyone knows that McGloin ’12 not only made his NFL debut on Sunday, but did so in exceedingly rare fashion: He started as an undrafted rookie. And he won.

Penn State fans know well McGloin’s history of facing—and far surpassing—low expectations. The Nittany Lions’ opposition last season found out as he rolled through a record-setting senior year. None of that mattered to NFL scouts, who didn’t invite him to the pre-draft combine, nor to GMs, who ignored him in last spring’s draft. He had a couple of workouts with teams before the Raiders brought him in with little to no expectations of their own.

But then he earned a roster spot. And then an injury gave him a shot. On Sunday, he took it.

In case you missed it, here are video highlights of McGloin’s three-TD debut, as well as his full postgame press conference. And below, a round-up of some of the best coverage of one of the best stories of the NFL weekend:

* The San Francisco Chronicle and CBS Sports on how McGloin may force the Raiders to considering giving him the starting job full-time.

* ESPN on how Raiders owner Mark Davis had a hunch that McGloin might be better than even his own coach thought.

* The San Jose Mercury News offers the Bay Area perspective on how the scrappy underdog earned the right to start, and then star.

* And finally, Dave Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News points at all the doubters—most notably himself—who have written off McGloin over the years, only to see him continually prove them wrong. As Jones writes, “What this really all boils down to is self-belief … we should all reach so high as Matt McGloin.”

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