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Didn’t take long: Rolando McClain says “I’m done”

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Rolando McClain’s return to the Ravens, which was supposed to begin today with offseason conditioning, apparently was a short one.

McClain told Seth Wickersham of that he was walking away from football, this time for good, saying “I’m done.”

“If football made me complete I would play,” McClain said. “But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason.”

Every expectation was that the Ravens were going to give the former eighth-overall pick a chance to continue a comeback, even after a sorry performance in their conditioning drill.

But with fellow Alabama man Ozzie Newsome willing to offer him an opportunity, and McClain not grasping it, you have to wonder if we’ve (finally) heard the last of him as it relates to football.

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73 Responses to “Didn’t take long: Rolando McClain says “I’m done””
  1. jjb0811 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:51 PM

    No, he’ll join the concussion lawsuit shortly bringing his name back into football.

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 21, 2014 12:51 PM

    I really wanted this dude to succeed. This the land of 2nd chances and I’m sorry this dude just need to focus on other things in life. Waste too much Ozzie’s time.

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 21, 2014 12:53 PM


    Can’t blame the Ravens for trying, though. This guy will be broke and in jail within 2-3 years.

  4. sfraider says: Apr 21, 2014 12:53 PM

    A collective good riddance from Raider fans across the nation.

  5. seahawks55 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:54 PM

    Nothing wrong with not wanting to do something you don’t love. Best wishes, Roland!

  6. gadgetking2010 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:55 PM

    is it a coincidence that this announcement came a day after 4/20?

  7. bullpuppy552 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:55 PM

    If your heart isn’t in it then it’s good to walk away. At least he isn’t hanging on just to collect a huge paycheck.

  8. chunkderrrty says: Apr 21, 2014 12:56 PM

    You know what they say about quitters?they’re worst than failures.

  9. doe22us says: Apr 21, 2014 12:56 PM

    Weak mind, weak mentality, and generally not a strong willed person. Did enough to get paid and mailed it in the moment Al called his name and done thereafter.

  10. platinumraider32 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:57 PM

    What is really sad is that he “thought” the money would be enough and it’s not. This is the Pro’s and though we as fans and press will dog players quickly, if your heart is not in it in some sort of way, you can’t continue to compete.

    Rolando you had an opportunity to fulfill a dream and you found a way to pass on it.

    I think that says enough.

  11. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 21, 2014 12:57 PM

    See ya

  12. 1pwrightt says: Apr 21, 2014 12:57 PM

    Mr.McClain has more problems then football. He needs to find out what is making him so unhappy. He was given a opportunity many would die for and he did not grab it. I wish him well, however please do not try another comeback when you are broke.

  13. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Ozzie strikes again?

  14. opinevain says: Apr 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Can’t blame him. We all want to do something just because but, we never can accept that we may not need or want it

  15. thebirdsareback says: Apr 21, 2014 1:04 PM

    Well, you tried Ozzie, You’re a great man, and did what you could for the young guy. Too bad, he has talent, had talent. If your heart aint in it, you wont be.

  16. r8dernation says: Apr 21, 2014 1:09 PM

    There’s always the MMA.

  17. raiders85 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:11 PM

    The “experts ” loved this Raiders pick Iremember Tom Jackson saying Oakland won’t need a mlb for 15 years wow he didn’t give Oakland 15 games really what a shame

  18. watermelon1 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    I ridicule ravens fans who praise Ozzie as much as the next guy… But this was never really see as a make or break move. They got him for nothing, paid him nothing, and really didn’t ignore the LB position thinking they could depend on Rolando in the first place.

    This is really just a moot point. I doubt it effects anything they were going to in the draft or the offseason. He would have been another body fighting for a spot. That’s it.

  19. sportnorcal says: Apr 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    This will not end well.

    I hope the kid has options, but I am guessing his entire life was geared towards earning a living in the NFL.

  20. kane337 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:15 PM

    AAB – Another Alabama Bust

  21. oakfolk says: Apr 21, 2014 1:16 PM

    You owe Al millions!!

  22. natureboy704 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:18 PM

    I understand his heart is probably not in it, but you are one of a very few select people on earth lucky enough to play football as an adult and get paid huge sums of money to do it, to walk away from that is a huge decision so I really hope he knows what he is doing, best of luck to him though

  23. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 21, 2014 1:21 PM

    Follow your heart dude.

  24. truthhurts408 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:22 PM

    Stop showing this quitter in a Raiders Uniform. He was a member of the Ravens not the Raiders…….

  25. camdenyard says: Apr 21, 2014 1:29 PM

    Glad this guy is out of the picture. It was not going to end well regardless. Better now than later.

  26. 6allsohard6more says: Apr 21, 2014 1:33 PM

    Even though the Ravens signed him he never actually been with the team or put on the uniform so he never was really a member of the team.

  27. getyourownname says: Apr 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    “Ozzie strikes again?”

    Yes, he did. A no-risk move. If McLain had the fortitude, it could have been a coup, like signing Burfict was for the Bengals. It wasn’t, but it cost nothing. Smart GMs take smart chances like this.

  28. hakunamangata says: Apr 21, 2014 1:38 PM

    The kid is 24 on his third chance in the NFL.


    Some of these players about to be drafted are around his age right now. He’s on his 3rd chance with his second team and all he had to do was show up for team workouts.

    As a Ravens fan I find it disappointing but as someone who was taught to take advantage of every opportunity you get I find it sicking.

    Please cut this guy so we never hear his name again.

  29. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 21, 2014 1:39 PM

    Typical Ravens. They’re barely even the #2 NFL team in Maryland. Maybe competing with the Redskins is just too intimidating for them.

  30. jtbsteeler says: Apr 21, 2014 1:42 PM

    Two terrible off-seasons in a row. I can’t wait for this season to start.

  31. diegosteel says: Apr 21, 2014 1:45 PM

    HAHAAAAA, OMG, desperation for both parties. Great move Ozzie, way to do your research.

  32. mackcarrington says: Apr 21, 2014 1:48 PM

    Are some of you commenters living vicariously through Rolando McClain? He doesn’t want to play football any more and you pile on the guy with hatred?
    What’s the matter with you people?

  33. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    Would really like to know more about what the situation is and what those reasons may be that he’s not finding the drive.

  34. dynaco says: Apr 21, 2014 1:51 PM

    Love that invisible horse he’s riding?

  35. jjackwagon says: Apr 21, 2014 1:53 PM

    8th overall pick, but just another 1st round bust for the Raiders. If you want the real reason they can’t get out of the cellar, look no further than their draft picks over the last 10 years.

  36. footballtalk1 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:57 PM

    Can you blame him? No chance at the postseason as long as Flacco is under center.

  37. citizenstrange says: Apr 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    Just quit baby!

  38. trubblman says: Apr 21, 2014 2:00 PM

    “I ridicule ravens fans who praise Ozzie as much as the next guy”

    I dont know why you ridicule Ravens fans. The consensus is that Ozzie is one of the best GMs in the NFL.

  39. montrealraider says: Apr 21, 2014 2:01 PM

    Next time we hear from him its not going to be good news. Will probably end up in jail or worst. What a waiste…

  40. scoobies05 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:01 PM

    um…steeler fans. what great success stories do you have to talk about. ravens invested nothing and lost nothing on Rolando. but don’t worry…when he’s 34 Colbert will give him a 5 year deal

  41. southpaw2k says: Apr 21, 2014 2:04 PM

    I can’t help but wonder if another organization that wasn’t half as dysfunctional as Oakland had drafted McClain, would things have worked differently for him? If he had been under some much more strict tutelage and mentoring, he might have had a productive career and still be playing football now.

  42. nmills001 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:05 PM

    Leave the kid alone. If he doesn’t want to play he doesn’t have to. And the person who said he’ll be in jail in 2-3yrs who are you to tell?

  43. deathonwings410 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:06 PM


  44. ravenswhat says: Apr 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    Nothing to see here folks.

  45. descendency says: Apr 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    When I watched him play at Alabama, I thought this guy was going to be an elite LB in pro football one day. It’s a shame he was nothing but a bust.

    His head just isn’t screwed on right.

  46. conormacleod says: Apr 21, 2014 2:11 PM

    Why would any of us feel sorry for him, or care? I feel sorry for the guy that works 52 weeks a year busting his hump for 40 years in a real job so his kids can eat and he can send them to college. Wait, no I don’t. I feel proud of that second dude. He’s a real man.

  47. ryanrockzzz says: Apr 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    It’s amazing that people are angry at him for being a “quitter.” Just because he didn’t want to play football, who really cares? Some people need to get a life, and stop being internet trolls.

  48. dalvar1001 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:12 PM

    Stay in school get an education. Flip burgers

  49. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 21, 2014 2:13 PM

    Rolando is *totally* done.

    For damn near most everybody, it’s extremely difficult to crack an NFL roster – even if you come in with both guns blazing.

    And it’s flat out impossible if you simply don’t have the stones in that baptism-by-fire sink-or-swim environment. And Rolando can’t “bring the ruckus” — he’s no longer playing Billy Joe Bob from Ole Miss anymore.

    In the immortal words of Dirty Harry, a man’s got to know his limitations. Rolando evidently does.

  50. MasMacho says: Apr 21, 2014 2:19 PM

    Wouldn’t be the first guy to waste people’s time in the NFL, so if anything you’d ask him if he really needed to run some sprints before he figured that out.

    But it is disappointing to read some of the comments here. Give the man credit for not trying to farm a team for money and facing up to a life challenge. Wonder how many commenters on this post are sitting behind their desks surfing the web because they’re camping unhappily in a boring job.

  51. don2074978 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:22 PM

    23 million guaranteed for his initial raider contract. Hopefully he didn’t buy too many lions and elephant for his backyard zoo.

  52. kcflake says: Apr 21, 2014 2:42 PM

    Thank God the Chiefs drafted Eric Berry instead of this clown.

  53. unclefresh says: Apr 21, 2014 2:50 PM

    No one cares that he’s quitting… it’s WHEN he quit that is ridiculous and the reason for the scorn. He should have realized his heart wasn’t in it before April 2010, when an organization invested a very very valuable #8 overall pick on him and a fan base of millions pinned their hopes on him. Between JaMarcus Russell and this guy, no wonder the Raiders struggles seem to never end.

  54. clintblairjr says: Apr 21, 2014 2:50 PM

    Drugs are bad… uhm ….kay!

  55. dcapettini says: Apr 21, 2014 2:52 PM

    Everybody keeps calling these football players “Kids”. When I was 24 I was married and had 2 real kids that I had to provide for. I don’t care if this guy plays football or not. He already got more money than I will ever see in my life several times over. He isn’t a “kid”; he’s supposed to be a man and if he is walking away as a man, more power to him. If he is some “kid” taking his ball and bat and going home petulantly, then he is garbage.

  56. rajbais says: Apr 21, 2014 2:58 PM

    Good! Now never come back fat boy!!!

  57. ravensfaninflorida says: Apr 21, 2014 3:02 PM

    Good riddance. I’m sure we will be reading about you shortly in the news. And not in a good way !!!!

  58. seahawkshurtpeople says: Apr 21, 2014 3:23 PM

    Let’s see now…lazy malcontent, with no desire, a criminal record and a drug habit to boot.

    He’ll either be a Cowboy or a Redskin by the end of the week. lol

  59. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 21, 2014 3:34 PM

    Confirmation that the ravens offseason program leaves much to be desired.

  60. rocketcrab says: Apr 21, 2014 3:58 PM

    I see an ESPN “30 for 30” in Rolando’s future.

  61. oaklandstroke says: Apr 21, 2014 4:06 PM

    Nice…another Al Davis pick gone bad! This almost brings to an end the worst 10 year run of 1st round picks in NFL history; McFadden of course is still playing….barely!

  62. hamorgus says: Apr 21, 2014 4:20 PM

    How can you even make it to the NFL with your heart not into playing football? He is going to regret this decision when he’s broke and working some crap job

  63. colv says: Apr 21, 2014 5:17 PM

    Dude made 40 million off the Raiders, appx $150,000 per tackle and sack while there. You have to give him credit for seeing the end rather then the new beginning the Ravens put before him. The Ravens were disappointed and shocked by his inability to perform, but still gave him a third chance to come back and train with the team. The Ravens tried to help this man but he couldn’t help himself. If he still has the bucks he made, invested, he will live in luxury for many decades. I did not see him making the Ravens with his attitude issues and work ethic he was lacking. Hopefully he takes care if his own business and his kids. $40 million wow!

  64. raidadon says: Apr 21, 2014 6:10 PM

    I dubbed this guy “Die Hard” McClain when he was drafted. Guess I was pretty wrong on that one. Good a luck to ya dood. Hope ya find what ya lookin for.

  65. raiderjo75 says: Apr 21, 2014 7:58 PM

    …YOur a disgrace to the game Rolando. Call WWE they might need a wrestler…one with no heart.

  66. fdugrad says: Apr 21, 2014 8:01 PM

    It will be interesting to see what he will do with the rest of his, say, FIFTY years of his life. Could he POSSIBLY have ANY marketable skill at this point in his life? Football may not have made him content, however it surely MUST have contributed to making him SOLVENT. One wonders where his heart will pull him when his bills need payment after leaving The Ravens complex to become “complete?”

  67. thebigwhitecat says: Apr 21, 2014 8:46 PM

    Join the military, son…if they’ll have you.

  68. jtbsteeler says: Apr 22, 2014 8:28 AM

    That shine Ozzie might have had is starting to tarnish a bit. Compare that to the Steelers… And after June 1 we’ll have a better draft and more cap space than you.

  69. rainsarge says: Apr 22, 2014 9:34 AM

    How is this bad for Ozzie he tried to help the kid it didn’t work so what it’s not like it cost draft picks

  70. scoobies05 says: Apr 22, 2014 12:24 PM

    Ben has a great year…Steelers go 8 and 8. Joe has a bad year. Ravens go 8 and 8. Ben can’t carry a team without a defense. Joe will have improved weapons. back to the top of the division for the ravens

  71. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 22, 2014 4:37 PM

    “um…steeler fans. what great success stories do you have”

    Rocky Bleier and James Harrison come to mind.

  72. scoobies05 says: Apr 22, 2014 6:00 PM

    what’s up my man. had to use the way back machine on those. but I like it!

  73. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 23, 2014 3:07 PM

    No doubt, had to look up how to spell Bleier. Hope things are well bro.

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