Matt McGloin has made it.
He has gone from unheralded walk-on to record-setting quarterback to undrafted free agent to NFL player.
The former Penn State quarterback learned Saturday that his improbable career will continue as a member of the Oakland Raiders.
“Honored to be an official member of the Oakland Raiders……………I may walk slowly, but I never walk backward,” McGloin tweeted Saturday afternoon.
McGloin was a walk-on quarterback at Penn State who flourished last season under coach Bill O’Brien. He led the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record last year, setting several Nittany Lion single season records.
Despite the strong showing, he was not invited to the NFL Combine and was not selected in April’s draft.
He eventually signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders after tryouts with Washington and Carolina.
Once in camp with the Raiders, McGloin quickly impressed coaches and moved ahead of fourth-round draft choice Tyler Wilson on the depth chart. He was Oakland’s most consistent quarterback during the preseason.
McGloin wasn’t the only member of Penn State’s recent senior class to receive good news on Saturday.
Linebacker Michael Mauti, who fell to the seventh round in the draft after injuring his knee in the next to last game of the season, made the Minnesota Vikings’ 53-man roster.
Mauti will join his Penn State teammate Gerald Hodges, a fourth-round pick, on the Vikings’ roster.