Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Linebacker Rolando McClain made the best decision of his life—retiring from the NFL. Why? Well, to get the circumstances in his life in order before being kicked out of the league. Photo Credit: Raiders.com At the age of 23, McClain informed the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens Wednesday that he was retiring from the game of football. No one knows the reason behind McClain’s sudden decision, but due to the issues in his life, the former standout linebacker from Alabama created a solid foundation of positioning himself to get things in order with a chance to return to the NFL as a better man. “Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” said Ravens’ general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, in a released statement. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.” McClain was originally a first-round selection (eighth-overall) of the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft. He registered 274 tackles (195 solo), 6.5 sacks (-42.5 yards), one inte...
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