Former Alabama and NFL linebacker Rolando McClain, who retired at age 24 just three years into his pro career after multiple off-the-field problems, wants to resume his NFL career, his agent said.
McClain was drafted No. 8 overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, signing a five-year, $40 million rookie contract. He was arrested multiple times, and was suspended by the Raiders near the end of his third season.
"I admire the kid for coming back to Tuscaloosa, going to class and trying to get everything in his life outside of football situated," his agent, Pat Dye Jr. said, according to al.com. "It's not my decision to come back or not come back. I think ultimately he wants to play again. He's only 24 years old. He's talented. It's just a shame. It was such a great situation there in Baltimore."
The situation in Baltimore was a brief chance at redemption for McClain by former Alabama star Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' general manager. After McClain was cut by Oakland, he was given a one-year contract by the Ravens. But McClain was arrested again for disorderly conduct, then announced his retirement. He re-enrolled at Alabama to try to complete his education, and has spent some time as a student assistant in Nick Saban's program.
McClain was a star in Tuscaloosa, winning the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker and helping Saban win his first national title at Alabama.