The craziest part of Rolando McClain's football journey – and it has been pretty wild – is that he's just 24. So much has happened with him already.
McClain, a former first-round pick of the Raiders, "retired" from the game at 23 last year in the wake of many off-field issues. Now he wants back in.
The Carroll County Times reported that McClain has been working out and wants to play in the NFL again. He makes for a pretty interesting case.
You probably remember McClain. He was a stud at Alabama, an All-American and a Butkus Award winner. The Raiders made him the eighth pick of the 2010 NFL draft and unlike other Oakland picks in recent years, it wasn't considered a major reach.
Then McClain started playing, and nothing went right. He was disappointing on the field. He was a nightmare off the field too in Oakland, including a couple of arrests. His third arrest, for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest right after the Ravens signed him, marked his decision to leave the NFL. He wanted to work on his life off the field. In an ESPN story during last season, he talked about his anger, like he "wanted to kill somebody."
That's apparently behind him now. If he can show NFL teams that he won't be a disruption, he is somewhat intriguing. Teams remember how good he looked on his college tape. He was a failure with the Raiders, but talented enough that some team could be intrigued by a low-risk deal. He wouldn't be the first draft bust to resurrect his career with a second chance.
Hopefully McClain's life is in order and he does get an opportunity to make it back in the NFL. It would add an interesting chapter to an already unique story.
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