Former Tide star McClain retires from NFL for second time - WRBL

Former Tide star McClain retires from NFL for second time

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Rolando McClain is retiring from the National Football League.


After being released from the Oakland Raiders following the 2012 season, the former Alabama star linebacker was signed by the Baltimore Ravens, but abruptly retired. He was placed on the reserved-retired list, and activated last week, in time for a workout with the team.

By all accounts, the workout did not go well, as McClain reportedly failed a conditioning test. He was due to report to the Ravens on Monday for the first day of Baltimore’s offseason training program, but sent a text to that read, in part, “I gotta follow my heart. It ain’t football. If football made me complete I would play.”

McClain was on a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $700,000.

He was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Alabama.

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