NFL quarterback is the single most glamorous position in American sports.

It's an exclusive club, with fewer than 100 members. Men such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have excelled in the role and become household names.

Now you can add a new name to the NFL QB Club -- Matthew James McGloin.

That's right, Matt McGloin is a quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. He's listed as the team's third-string signal-caller entering Sunday's season opener vs. Indianapolis.

Who would have thought that in 2009, when the West Scranton High School graduate joined Penn State as a little-known walk-on?

No one expected him to be anything more than practice fodder. He was an under-sized (6-foot, 200 pounds) overachiever with a suspect arm.

He was constantly overshadowed by a series of blue-chip QB recruits at Penn State -- Kevin Newsome, Rob Bolden and Paul Jones.

But a funny thing soon started to happen. His more heralded competitors struggled in practice, in games and sometimes in the classroom, while McGloin began to open some eyes.

When he entered games, Penn State's stagnant offense would often flourish. He overcame his physical limitations with swagger, smarts and a stubborn determination to succeed.

Eventually, McGloin earned a scholarship and the starting QB job at PSU. Newsome, Bolden and Jones all ended up elsewhere.

In 2012, under the expert direction of new head coach Bill O'Brien, McGloin put together one of the finest seasons in PSU QB history. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,271 yards, with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions.

When it came time for the NFL draft, however, those numbers meant little. McGloin got snubbed -- again. He was forced to go the free-agent route. Again, he set about proving all the doubters wrong.

In four preseason games with Oakland, McGloin completed 20 of 35 passes for 279 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Against the Dallas Cowboys in his debut, he helped rally the team to its only preseason victory.

He ended up beating out Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round draft pick out of Arkansas, for Oakland's third-string QB job.

Still, no one -- other than McGloin -- expects the ex-Nittany Lion to be anything more than a clipboard holder in the NFL. But the confident red-head is used to those doubts by now.

He's beaten the odds time and again.

Now, he'll try to do it one more time.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at