“Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions. Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together.”
-Rolando McClain, former linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
In the 2010 NFL Draft, YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans saw the Oakland Raiders select Rolando McClain, who played for Alabama, in the first round.
McClain looked like he might bring some solid skills to Oakland. In his three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Rolando made 274 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and one interception. He was unanimously named an All-American, and called ‘The Best Linebacker In The Nation.’ He helped the SEC powerhouse go all the way to the 2010 BCS National Championship. Just days after winning the championship, McClain had decided to turn pro. The announcement was greeted with excitement in the online betting community. Great things were imagined for the young man.
But McClain’s adventures off the field were an entirely different story.
Oakland released McClain, partly because his troubles with law enforcement officials kept him in the news. Baltimore signed McClain, but he has been arrested three times since 2011. McClain signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in April. Just after he signed with the Ravens, he was arrested again. The case is pending. If he remained on the team, aside from any penalties or suspensions his team might impose, McClain likely faced discipline from the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell. Then a YouWager news source reported that McClain announced he would retire from his career in the National Football League.
Ozzie Newsome, the general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, told YouWager’s source, “Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL. We have placed him on the reserve/retired list.”
McClain said he was leaving NFL football in order to focus on improving himself and “getting his life together.” Because the 23-year-old is on the Ravens’ Reserve/Retired list, Baltimore will still retain first rights to McClain. His contract, signed in April, was a one-year deal for $700,000 with no additional money guaranteed.
Just 10 days after the April signing, McClain was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his hometown, Decatur, Georgia. In January, McClain was pulled over for having tinted windows that were too dark, and he lied to police about his identity. In 2011, he was charged in a shooting.
After making news with his early retirement, McClain may be having second thoughts. The former linebacker told YouWager‘s source that he still holds on to the hope that he might play in the NFL again someday. Referring to his departure from the NFL, he said. “Beyond that, I’m not sure what the future holds for me, including football. This was entirely my decision and the Ravens have been very supportive during this process. I am very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and wish them the best of luck in the future. God willing, maybe I’ll play for them one day.”