McGloin still miffed over his exit from NFL

Mirror photo by Michael Boytim Jon Condo (white hat) and Matt McGloin (blue hat) greet guests at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club on Friday afternoon.

PHILIPSBURG — Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club Friday to help raise funds for the Emily Whitehead Foundation and provided an update on his playing career.

“It seems like the NFL career is coming to a stop,” McGloin said. “I have no regrets. I played as long as I can and gave the game everything I had, so if that’s it, we’ll see.”

McGloin spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders and played in 13 games, starting seven. He threw for 1,868 yards and 11 touchdowns in that time before leaving as a free agent before the 2017 season.

McGloin was in camp with the Philadelphia Eagles that year and spent one week on the Houston Texans’ roster under former college coach Bill O’Brien.

But it’s McGloin’s 2018 experience at the end of camp with the Kansas City Chiefs that is still something that bothers the Penn State graduate.

“It was extremely frustrating,” McGloin said. “I made the 53-man roster. I was told on a Saturday from my agent, who had spoken to the Kansas City Chiefs front office, that they loved what I did in the film room, they loved what I did in practice and during the preseason and loved having me in the building. They told me I was going to be a part of the organization and a part of that team.

“I was getting ready to go to a meeting Monday to start Week 1, and I got a phone call to come up and bring my iPad. I got into the office, and they told me they needed to sign a defensive guy and they needed to release me. So, in about 48 hours, things changed pretty fast.

“I appreciate getting to play for them, and it’s a fantastic organization, but I was definitely upset over it. I thought that I had done some great things, and I know they appreciated having me there in their QB room. It was great learning from guys like (head coach) Andy Reid and (Offensive coordinator) Eric Bieniemy. It was just unfortunate.”

McGloin was unable to catch on elsewhere and said it took some time to recover from suddenly being cut.

“It’s hard when they tell you that you made the team, and they loved everything you did for the past five and a half months, and then they tell you at the last second they need a defensive guy,” McGloin said. “That was more tough than anything. It is what it is, and I did everything I could. I made that team as far as I’m concerned, but it’s a business. I’ve been on the good side of things, and I’ve always been on the bad side. So, like I said, I control what I can control. I’ll move forward, and I have no regrets. This is coming from a guy who wasn’t even supposed to play college football. I’ll keep a positive outlook on it.”

That outlook includes putting his time in the classroom at Penn State to good use.

“If my playing career is over, it is what it is,” McGloin said. “That’s why you get a degree. I majored in broadcasting at Penn State, so that’s something I’d like to get into in the future. I wish I had a crystal ball to see how it will play out.”

SUBHED: McCoy’s transition

Another Penn State athlete in a career transition was in attendance Friday.

Kerry McCoy, a three-time NCAA All-American wrestler with the Nittany Lions, recently resigned as the Maryland head wrestling coach.

“I’m trying to figure out my next step,” McCoy said. “It’s been about 30 years since I’ve been able to have a summer off, so I’m taking the time to enjoy time with my family. Wherever I go next, it’s going to be something I can help people be better at what they do. It’s all part of God’s plan.”

McCoy made it seem as though he’ll stay away from directly coaching in the near future while still staying close to the sport he loves.

“I’m always going to be connected to wrestling in some capacity,” McCoy said. “Right now, coaching seems to be on the backburner. I’d be looking for something in an administrative role, but I’ll always keep my connection to USA wrestling and the national team along with running clinics and see where it goes from there.”

SUBHED: Condo happy with career

A year ago, Philipsburg native Jon Condo spoke with determination at finding his way back to an NFL roster following the end of his Oakland Raiders career.

Condo did that, making the Atlanta Falcons late last season.

“Playing in Atlanta was a great experience,” Condo said. “We won three of the four games I was involved with, and it was a fun time getting to meet new players and coaches. It was a nice way to finish the year.”

Speaking Friday, though, Condo’s tone had changed on the prospects of returning for another season.

“There’s a possibility,” Condo said. “I haven’t closed the door completely on playing, but it’s tough living out in California with my kids, and they are playing a big part in my life right now. I like being a part of their lives, waking up every day and being with them and being part of their schedule. So, the scenario has to really work out for myself and my family to continue playing football.”

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