In honor of winning the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation’s top former walk-on, here is a Matt McGloin moment from the past you may not know:
It was the middle of October in 2011 and Penn State was at home against Purdue, trying to improve to 6-1.
And nothing was easy that day.
His final numbers weren’t great (8-of-17, 145 yards), but the Lions hung on for the 23-18 victory.
However, the pain behind his eye became so intense later that night that he went to hospital for testing and observation — the first of two hospital visits that season (later came the concussion from the December fight with Curtis Drake).
But McGloin passed all of the concussion tests the week after Purdue.
And he started the following Saturday at Northwestern and threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.