West Scranton legend and former Penn State star quarterback Matt McGloin warms up during training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. McGloin was assigned Tuesday to play for the New York Guardians of the reborn XFL in 2020. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO
Matt McGloin’s playing career isn’t over just yet.
The Scranton native and former Penn State star — and current sideline reporter for the Penn State radio network — was named as one of the eight quarterbacks assigned to XFL teams ahead of the league’s first Draft on Tuesday. McGloin is joining the New York Guardians.
— XFL (@xfl2020) October 15, 2019
We’ll have more on this as the day goes on. But, initial reaction is that this is a huge day for McGloin. New York, clearly, is the kind of market where the spotlight will be on him, and if he does well, he could be a real star of the league considering his Penn State ties and proximity to Scranton, where I’m sure there will be a nice contingent from West Side heading to MetLife Stadium for home games.
The Guardians’ head coach is Kevin Gilbride, who was an offensive minded coach back in his NFL days, when he was one of the best coordinators in the league. So, I imagine Matt will say this is one of the best opportunities he could have asked for given the circumstances.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT