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 to walk away from football again, reports

After bombing his workout with the Baltimore Ravens and being activated by the team regardless it appears that former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain still doesn’t want to be a professional football player after all and will walk away from the game that gave him the opportunity at millions after becoming a superstar in college with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, who wrote an ESPN Magazine piece on McClain in 2013 reported this morning that he received text messages that indicated that McClain would once again be stepping away from the game due to personal reasons documented in Wickersham’s column that removed him from the NFL in the first place before getting his second chance.


It is unfortunate to see a promising career like McClain’s fall apart due to personal issues in his life becoming too great to balance both football and his life outside of the game. After all, McClain is losing the chance at millions of dollars after already burning bridges in Oakland. There is more to life than football however and it is hard to call out or criticize someone stepping away from sports in an attempt to better their personal life if they feel necessary. McClain’s NFL career could be potentially over, but it appears that the young man has no desire to continue life as a football player.


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  • KloverJane

    Thug lyfe. Honestly maybe a charm school class and some maturity would help.

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  • B Christopher

    He’s a CHUMP, plain & simple. He, just a week or so ago says that he’s working out, morning noon and night, and is in great football shape, and that his son wants him to play football again……..blah blah blah. Words from a corner kid. He then shows up late and can’t complete his drills, the Ravens STILL give him a chance and he again, throws in the towel. He is definitely not the kid you want anchoring your defense on 4th and 1 at the goal line. He’ll just give up, because his heart’s not in it!!!!!!

  • Pridenpoise

    I might have the same sympathy you have had he decided after college, that his heart wasn’t in it, instead of costing us another wasted first round pick. He’s a jerk, and if I never hear his name again it would be to soon.

  • trinity

    What a loser. I’m glad no team is going to waste anymore time on him. There are lots of talented guys out there who would actually appreciate the chance they are given.

  • B Christopher

    That idiot got a $40,000,000 contract of which $24,000,000 was GUARANTEED. Instead of being a man, and fulfilling his obligations, he figured “shit, I’m just a ghetto thug, AND I JUST WON THE LOTTERY, I CAN DO WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT.” I am glad he is gone, I am glad that McKenzie and Allen are bringing in people that WANT TO MAKE THE RAIDERS GREAT AGAIN. I am glad they got rid of Veldheer and Houston too. If you don’t wanna be apart of the best nation, RAIDER NATION, then don’t let the door hit you on the way out, skedaddle !!!!!