Wilkes-Barre Twp., Luzerne County -- While football fans at Lucky's Sporthouse in Wilkes-Barre Township came for Sunday NFL action, some showed up with one game and one player very much on their minds. "I am so proud, very proud of him. What a story," said Lisa Schmidt of Pittston. She was talking about Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin. Number 14 made his very first NFL start against the Houston Texans Sunday afternoon in Texas.
The fans at Lucky's were very much aware of the Scranton native's storybook career that took him first from West Scranton High School to Penn State. "I love Matt McGloin. He just came from nowhere. He was a walk on with Penn State," said Rick Parker of Shenandoah. Becky Brominski of Dallas added, "We're psyched. We love to see him play and we're glad he's doing so well."
The undrafted NFL rookie who was considered a longshot to make the Raiders roster made an impressive showing as a starter. "I think he's doing great. Three touchdowns I believe so far," said Ms. Brominski. As McGloin led Oakland to victory, fans gushed about his future. "If he learned that much in one year, I think in the NFL he could really go far," said Mr. Parker while Ms. Schmidt added, "I think he's going to be taking over. That's what I think. I'm rooting for him."
McGloin completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Oakland head coach Dennis Allen presented McGloin with the game ball following the Raiders' 28-23 victory over the Texans.