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Rolando McClain releases statement on retirement

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06:17 PM ET 05.16 | Rolando McClain said in a statement Thursday that he loves playing football but he decided to retire to get his personal life in order and "God willing," he might play in the NFL again. The Baltimore Ravens, who signed McClain in April after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, announced Wednesday that the linebacker had decided to retire at the age of 23. "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," McClain said in the statement. "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."

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McClain during a game against the Jaguars, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports McClain during a game against the Jaguars, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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May 16, 2013  06:31 PM ET

Well, if he stays in Decatur where he always seems to get in trouble, this story will not end well.

May 16, 2013  06:34 PM ET

23 is getting up there in years. If he retires now with his NFL legacy intact, maybe one day what's his name will be waiting in line at the Hall of Fame to buy a ticket.

May 16, 2013  06:42 PM ET

I think he was just pissed that Suggs wouldn't give up #55.

May 16, 2013  06:43 PM ET

I would have liked to see what he could have done with the Ravens.

May 16, 2013  07:28 PM ET

It's called multi-tasking Dude, play football AND get your life in order....

May 16, 2013  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's called multi-tasking Dude, play football AND get your life in order....

Agreed.
I remember seeing that game where he ended his career against the Bengals or was it the Browns?, really really embarrassing explosive temper.

The guy reminded me of Milton Bradley. Once your get that rep opposing players are going to do everything to push your buttons, the umps too in the famous case of Mr. Bradley.

May 16, 2013  08:17 PM ET

Well, just maybe this guy has had a cold awakening and he's doing what many players should do, which is address their issues. Gotta agree with Mangler, though. I think playing would give him structure while he works out the other stuff. Or at least some semblance of structure. More than he's likely to get back home right now.

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May 16, 2013  08:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I would have liked to see what he could have done with the Ravens.

This. Despite his personal issues, he's a talented player.

May 16, 2013  10:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This. Despite his personal issues, he's a talented player.

I thought he was a sure fire star in the making. He'll be back and play a few more years, but it'll be like Tony Mandarich: Highly touted, ended up as a starter in the NFL, but not a game-changer. Hate to say it, but it's good he left the Ravens. No way he could handle the pressure with 52 just leaving.

May 16, 2013  11:01 PM ET

Good luck to him. Hope he is willing to do what's necessary. We'll see. Glad the G-Men didn't get the chance to draft him. JPP is a better player and hasn't been seen on the police blotter as far as I know.

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May 17, 2013  12:21 AM ET
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This exemplifies an Al Davis #1 draft pick in the last several years: Head cases or talentless bums.

Pretty much.

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May 17, 2013  04:17 AM ET

Love how people bash the kid for getting his act in order. He's 23! Could take him a year or two. Relax man, he's doing what so many pro athletes don't and that is look after himself and his family! Seems it doesn't matter what any one player does, there's a chirp waiting around every corner.

May 17, 2013  04:19 AM ET
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He is dumber than a box of rocks which makes him a perfect fit for the Raisins.I don't know (or care) how much money this chump has made so far, but I have 20 bucks that says he and his homies will be snortin up a thousand dollars of it tonight.

This is the absolute negative crap that I can't stand seeing on here. An anonymous person behind a computer screen making some stupid assumption, when the guy is trying to better himself without any distractions!

May 17, 2013  05:15 AM ET

Another LOSER from ala-BAMMY... no academics, no brains...

May 17, 2013  08:03 AM ET

I wonder if this decision had anything to do with the Ravens drafting ILB Arthur Brown?

 
May 17, 2013  08:06 AM ET

If he doesn't change his ways and get his personal life in order we all know this will end with McClain in prison stripes.

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