Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin is returning to football in the rebooted XFL.
McGloin on Tuesday was among the eight franchise quarterbacks assigned to XFL teams during the league’s inaugural two-day draft. McGloin will join the New York Guardians, who will play home games at MetLife Stadium.
Among the other quarterbacks assigned Tuesday were Cardale Jones (DC Defenders), Landry Jones (Dallas Renegades) and Aaron Murray (Tampa Bay Vipers).
McGloin returned to Penn State this summer to start a broadcasting career. He joined the university’s football coverage team, conducting interviews and doing sideline reporting for the Penn State football radio broadcast.
But the 29-year-old McGloin said that he hoped to play football again, even though his NFL career had ended. McGloin spent four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, for whom he started six games, and later signed with Philadelphia, Houston and Kansas City.
“I still work out like I’m playing and still throw the football daily. I don’t think that will ever go away,” McGloin said at Penn State’s football media day in August. “I’ve been playing football since I was 5, so that passion, that love for the game, doesn’t go away. I need it in my life.”
G.A. Mangus, former offensive coordinator at Kutztown University, will be McGloin’s quarterbacks coach in New York.
The eight-team XFL is holding its two-day draft this week to fill the 71-player rosters of its teams. Among the former Nittany Lions in the player pool are linebackers Brandon Bell and Koa Farmer, receiver DeAndre Thompkins and offensive lineman Chasz Wright.
The XFL season begins in February 2020, the week after the Super Bowl. Its 10-week schedule will run through April.