Rolando McClain has been through a lot for a 24-year-old. But the NFL apparently will not be a part of what he does in the future.
McClain told ESPN's Seth Wickersham, who has remained in close contact with McClain since writing a feature on his off-field troubles last year, that he is done playing football.
McClain was the former No. 8 overall pick in the draft of the Oakland Raiders. He struggled on the field with the team and got in trouble multiple times with the law, which we outlined in detail last week when it appeared McClain was making a comeback with the Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has known McClain well since he was at Alabama and has tried to offer guidance and opportunities after burning out in Oakland. But McClain, who was out of the NFL in 2013 (on the Ravens' reserve/retired list), told Wickersham he was trying his best to overcome his demons and apparently doesn't feel that playing football will help him along that path.
McClain might be a former draft bust and a sad story to this point, but if staying away from the NFL can help him achieve the personal growth he desires, then the more power to him.
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