NFL Linebacker Rolando McClain Is Retiring From Football At Age 23
Rolando McClain hasn't accomplished much during his NFL career, unless you consider getting arrested multiple times in three years to be an accomplishment. Today, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome revealed that the 23 year old linebacker was retiring from the game of football, in a surprising move.
McClain, in three seasons with the Raiders managed to account for 274 tackles and 6.5 sacks. After being drafted eighth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, he has been considered a huge bust, given the combination of his unspectacular play and legal trouble that has made him not worth the hassle to even a team as dysfunctional as the Raiders.
Consider this: Rolando McClain was drafted before C.J. Spiller, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jermaine Gresham, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Devin McCourty, Dexter McCluster, Rob Gronkowski, and countless other functional football players. Those guys are not only playing at a high level, but also haven't randomly retired from the sport at age 23.
Hopefully, McClain can stay out of trouble and get things figured out from here.