Matt McGloin may be a confident player, but even he recognizes that he is not in the same conversation with Tom Brady. Don't let a simple quote fool you.
Last week at Penn State's media day inside Beaver Stadium, McGloin made a comment about how he and future Hall of Fame New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, are not all that different. It was a quote that was destined to be taken out of context, but for some reason it took a week to develop.
"I don't think we're too far apart, Tom Brady and myself," McGloin said. The rest of his quote seems to have been forgotten by many, but we'll get to that later.
Our very own Big Ten blogger, Adam Jacobi, may not have been there to get the full context of the quote that was published in a story by Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News. Perhaps, because of that, he had started to cue the laughter—but he is not alone here. A number of websites have lifted that brief comment from McGloin and run it without fully understanding what the conversation was like.
This is the world we live in, folks. A quote printed on one site without seeing how it was said can run wild.
I presented the same quote last week in a column about McGloin's developing maturity and included the video of the exchange and commentary from the Penn State quarterback. Anyone who takes a minute to watch the video will tell you it was clearly a joke on McGloin's behalf. McGloin went on to say that he and the offense have been watching the New England Patriots offense in order to prepare for Bill O'Brien's offensive style.
"We definitely watched him a lot over the summer and spring...but who better to watch than him and try to learn from?" McGloin went on to say.
"Hopefully we're going to have some type of success, kind of something like they did last year," McGloin continued with a smile, "But you can't expect to go out there and be the same as the New England Patriots."
McGloin knows there is a lot of hard work that needs to be done. He also knows that he is not Brady, a comment he has said before since O'Brien accepted the job. But McGloin does have a new level of confidence heading in to the start of the 2012 season, despite what has taken place wit the program.
McGloin may not be drafted in the seventh round the way Brady was, coming off a fine senior season at Michigan. He may not see a single invite to an NFL training camp, but his increasing maturity within the program over the past year has been something positive for fans to take a look at. He is confident, and can crack a light-hearted joke form time to time.
Don't be fooled. He knows he is not Brady.
All quotes were obtained first-hand.
Kevin McGuire is the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast, managing editor of Nittany Lions Den and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.