Rolando McClain Retires from the NFL at 23

Published on 15-May-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Football - NFL / NFL Daily Update

Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain's ears must have been burning.

He must have heard me say the other day that he wasn't going to let Titus Young take the spotlight away from him with that string of arrests, and I was right.

As if on cue, McClain decided to break some news of his own, but this time, it's not another arrest; McCain has opted to retire from the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome made the announcement on Wednesday. 

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”

The Ravens just signed the former Alabama linebacker to a one-year, $700,000 contract (of which he will now see nary a dime), but right after that, he was arrested in his hometown for disorderly conduct.

Add McClain to the list of failed first-round draft choices by the Oakland Raiders over the past few years. This includes Darrius Heyward Bey, who is now with the Colts, and of course, former Golden Corral poster boy JaMarcus Russell.

While at Alabama, McClain seemed like a model citizen, but obviously, looks are deceiving. Some players can't leave "dat life" behind them, and McClain looks as if he is one.

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