Each morning, as the sun rises, and after his alarm goes off, Matt McGloin, gets ready to go to work.
His office is a football field.
His attire includes a helmet and shoulder pads.
And he is doing everything he can to impress his new bosses.
A rookie free-agent quarterback with the Oakland Raiders, McGloin, a Penn State graduate, just finished organized team activities making a good first impression, but looking at building a lasting relationship.
"It's my job now," McGloin said. "You get up and you go to work. This is a business and this is your profession. You want to be great at your job so you work your tail off during the day.
"Everybody here is just blessed to have the abilities that we have to perform at a job that we love."
It's been a busy four weeks for the former West Scranton and record-setting Penn State quarterback since being signed to the standard three-year contract for rookie free agents in mid-May.
After a workout with the Raiders, McGloin returned to West Scranton to gather his things and flew right back to the West Coast for rookie minicamp.
Then came the two weeks of OTAs, where four players, high-priced offseason acquisition Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, fellow rookie and Arkansas grad Tyler Wilson and McGloin, are competing for playing time. And even a shot at the starting position.
"I am excited about this opportunity," McGloin said. "It's a competition, but more importantly it is a competition against yourself. I approach every practice working to be better, and with the approach of being better tomorrow than I was today. Matt (Flynn) and Terrelle, they are the veterans, and they have helped Tyler and myself get adjusted.
"We all do a good job of communicating and we have a good relationship."
At practice, so far, McGloin's business-like approach, grit and determination have helped him make the transition from the college game to facing the speed of the NFL. He credits that, in large part, to his experience with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher during his senior season when he threw for 3,271 yards with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
"First, I knew that I wouldn't have any trouble picking up the system because coach O'Brien and coach Fisher did a great job getting me ready with a pro-style offense at Penn State," McGloin said. "I wouldn't be in this position if it weren't for them. I still have to make the throws and make the right reads. It's been pretty good so far. The ball is coming out of my hand on time and in rhythm. I am reading the coverages and recognizing the disguised blitzes and coverages."
During the workouts, his performances also gained positive reviews. ESPN's Chris Mortensen said on Rotoworld.com, that McGloin was making a "huge impression" on the Oakland Raiders brass.
"He's actually made a huge impression in the first two weeks of OTAs, to the point where he's pushing Tyler Wilson and Terrelle Pryor," said Mortensen in the report. "So watch out for Matt McGloin to climb up the depth chart if he continues this."
For anyone who has followed his rise from being a walk-on at Penn State to a scholarship player to the starter, that comes as no surprise as he gets ready for this week's three-day mandatory minicamp that opens Tuesday.
"Nobody thought I could play at Penn State," McGloin said. "I always say, that you don't know where you can go, until you know where you have been. I was a walk-on and I worked my way into a starter, got benched and worked my way back. I like fighting an uphill battle and proving the doubters wrong.
"I know that if I perform here, I can stick around."
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