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Retired McClain leaves door open for comeback

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One day after the Baltimore Ravens announced that Rolando McClain retired from the NFL at age 23, the linebacker said he hopes to play again in the future.

McClain, who was signed by the Ravens in April after three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, declared in a statement released Thursday that he's walking away from the game now to get his life in order.

His troubles off the field have included three arrests since 2011. He also was suspended by the Raiders for two games last season for conduct detrimental to the team.

"Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions," he said. "Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together.

"Beyond that, I'm not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I'll play for them one day."

The latest arrest occurred 10 days after he signed with the Ravens. McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.

In 2011, he was charged in a shooting. And in January, he was arrested on charges of his car windows being too dark and lying about his identity to police.

The Raiders selected McClain out of Alabama with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In three seasons, he had 274 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and one interception.
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