Rolando McClain wants another chance in the NFL

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Rolando McClain, the former Top 10 draft pick who hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2015, is hoping for another chance.

The 29-year-old McClain told AL.com that he’s healthier than ever after hip surgery and believes he can make it in the NFL.

“Not only do I feel good, I’m recovered and I’m rested. I feel better now because I know I’ll be playing with two legs,” McClain said.

Before McClain can do that, he has to be reinstated by the NFL, which suspended him indefinitely in 2016 over repeated failed drug tests. He said he has begun working, with help from the NFL Players Association, on what he needs to do to get reinstated.

“I’m nowhere near satisfied with how my professional career has gone,” McClain said. “That’s for myself. That’s me looking in the mirror and talking to my boys. Nah, that’s not the taste I want to leave in my mouth.”

Realistically, it’s unlikely that McClain is going to play in a regular-season NFL game again. But he’s young enough that it’s not impossible, and talented enough that some teams may at least think about giving him one more chance.

21 responses to “Rolando McClain wants another chance in the NFL

  1. If anybody else has read the article he’s already gone back and finished his degree since he’s left the NFL. It genuinely sounds like a young man that had some issues and is now trying to complete unfinished business. But you can go ahead and joke about things you don’t know anything about like his financial status.

    He was a Raider and I’m still hoping he can make good on all of that potential. Even if its just a few games.

  2. The guy was a beast for the Cowboys in 2014 when he played. The problem is not his personal life or the weed. The problem is not even financial, even if he has the money trouble, because the BIGGEST problem for ROLLando is that the man doesn’t really love football. There will be no comeback.

  3. When the checks dry up, they all come looking for redemption. Should have realized what he (opportunity to play in NFL) had when he had it!

  4. When ever McClain is broke he says he wants to play again. Signs a contract, then retires or quits. McClain has been a decent player, but he cannot be counted upon for the long haul. How many teams want to sign a player like that? He done whether he want to admit it, or not.

  5. Reality sets in.

    Life was good when making 24.7 million in 6 years.

    Kinda wishes he had the 1.4 mil forfeited on suspensions.

    Best of luck finding a job making $20 per/hour…if you pissed your money away I feel no pity.

  6. He has about as much of a chance of playing again as I do of going to the moon. If he wonders why he won’t get another shot, all he has to do is look in the mirror.

    Look on the bright side….he can always spend the rest of his life on the Alabama scout team–if Nicky wants him.

  7. It’s good that people try to do better for themselves and I applaud him for trying. So many people are quick to cast negative gestures at people who may have been down and out and are attempting to turn their lives around. It’s easy when the person isn’t you.Great job Mr McClain, keep striving for what you want you can do it.

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