Rolando McClain Retires From NFL At Age 23

By tonygraham
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33 Days after becoming a Baltimore Raven, 23 year old Rolando McClain has retired from the NFL.  McClain had signed a one year contract with the Ravens, and some speculate that the combination of off the field troubles and the Ravens moving up in the second round of the draft to select linebacker Arthur Brown were the main factors in his decision. News of the retirement came through team general manager Ozzie Newsome. He told reporters, “Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL” Newsome placed McClain on the Reserve/Retired list.

McClain was signed on April 12th and was arrested on the 22nd for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. This was his third arrest in the last year.

In the 2010 NFL draft, McClain was selected eighth overall as a first round pick by the Oakland Raiders. In 2011 he was charged and released for a shooting, and McClain was also arrested for lying to police about his identity. He was sentenced to jail for assault charges, but that case was later dismissed by prosecutors. The Raiders released McClain in April of 2013.

McClain is young and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could return to pro football on some level and be productive. Obviously it is more important that he resolve personal issues and strengthen himself to prepare for the heavy responsibilities that are linked but sometimes hidden when it comes to being a pro athlete. Maybe the retirement would provide the time to do just that.


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