BALTIMORE, MD (WIAT) – Former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain will retire from the NFL according to Baltimore Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome. The 23-year old Decatur native signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in April, but was arrested just 10 days later in his hometown.
“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome stated. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”
It was the latest in a string of off-the-field problems for McClain since entering the NFL in 2010.
He was arrested in December of 2011 and charged with third-degree assault. In January he was pulled over for a window tint violation. He reportedly pleaded guilty to that charge on May 6 & charges of providing false information were dropped.
In three seasons in the NFL he had 274 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 23 passes defended in 41 career games with the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders selected McClain with the 8th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft after a decorated career at the University of Alabama. He helped the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in 2009, winning the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker that season.
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