Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rolando McClain bombs Ravens workout, continues to be a bust

Raider Nation knows former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain’s professional and personal issues all too well as the prospect once touted as the next great Oakland linebacker has allowed issues in his life and a poor attitude towards professionalism force an early “retirement” that has taken him out of the game.

Now getting a second chance with the Baltimore Ravens it appears that McClain is still not ready for the NFL, both physically and maturity-wise as McClain bombed his workout with the team in addition to showing up late according to


NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the retired linebacker, as expected, attempted to stage a workout with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. According to someone apprised of the session, McClain bombed.

The former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders couldn’t finish his conditioning test and failed to do any of the drills. Icing on the cake? McClain showed up late, Kinkhabwala was told.

It’s not a good look for the 24-year-old defender who announced earlier this month that he was “training and preparing as if I’m going to come back,” calling his brief retirement a chance to get his “priorities straight.”

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has shown significant faith in McClain, who briefly latched on with Baltimore last offseason before walking away from the game. The two share Alabama ties, but that won’t be enough if McClain isn’t in playing shape. The Ravensalready have linebackers Daryl Smith and Arthur Brown in the mix.

The workout that McClain reportedly failed to complete was quite simple according to Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson as the former top NCAA linebacker couldn’t complete six sets of timed 150 yard sprints. Fairly standard expectations for a professional football player to be able to complete, especially one who was at one time a first overall pick.

McClain has had numerous problems in his personal life that have been widely documented, including an ESPN piece profiling his troubles that helped cause his nasty divorce from the Raiders by way of early retirement. Still it is hard not to roll your eyes at another story of McClain ruining his NFL chances by simply not putting the work in that is required. While some of his inabilities to succeed like many thought he would may boil down to unfortunate personal issues, in professional sports there are sadly no sympathies for not being able to put in the work to be able to do the job that is expected of you. For now Rolando McClain is unable to do that and is remaining as one of the biggest busts of this era because of that.

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  • Bob

    Remember it was the Raiders organization lack of discipline that caused this.

  • B Christopher

    Give me a break Bob, the Raiders paid that corner kid $40,000,000.00 over 5 years. They wasted a first round pick on him, and he is just a ghetto thug. He has squandered a dream come true. he took the money and ran. A good man, does what he is supposed to do. This felon took the money and ran. He will end up broke and in jail before this is all done. I’m sure the whole Raiders organization put that gun in his hand, and they wrote that Fuck You on the traffic ticket for him too.
    That was an idiotic comment that the Raiders did this to him! Wake up!

  • Bob

    Ravens fans said he would learn the raven way and be fine. How did that work out?

  • Bob

    Also, you did not realize I was being sarcastic as I am a Raiders fan.

  • eddytap

    I’m with there Bob. It’s amazing to me how you don’t see the national media latching on this one like they are with the Valdheer/Houston thing because even they can’t pin his lack of discipline and bad judgement on the Raiders. However, In the end, some how it will be reflected upon the Raider (ie… bad draft analyst, etc…).

  • Pridenpoise

    It’s pretty bad when you have to spell it out for some people.

  • KloverJane

    It was Facebook that caused his disciplinary action. You know, playing for an actual team. Rolls eyes. Lol