Former Penn State walk-on and starting quarterback Matt McGloin certainly had an interesting rookie season in the NFL. He went from not having his name called on draft day, to landing a job on the Oakland Raiders and eventually taking over for Terrelle Pryor as the team’s starter. And millions of people got to watch him play.
McGloin’s game on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys was the most watched game of the 2013-2014 regular season, drawing 31.7 million viewers according to Nielsen. In fact, that game was the most watched TV program last fall after Labor Day. The game was only McGloin’s fourth in the NFL, a 31-24 loss in which he threw for 255 yards in 30 attempts, getting intercepted once. The Raiders pulled to within seven points with under a minute to play in the game, but a failed onside kick ended all chances of a comeback.
The game was by far the most watched of the regular season, beating the second place Packers-49ers game by 3.2 million viewers.
McGloin went just 1-5 as a starter this year, winning only his first game, although he performed fairly well. He threw for three touchdowns and 197 yards en route to a 28-23 win against the Houston Texans in that first start. He finished the year with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, along with 1,547 yards and a 55.9 percent completion percentage in seven total games.
McGloin will likely have to battle with Pryor for the starting job next year, however, he should be back with the Raiders, as he has two years remaining on his contract.