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Saban on McClain: 'He's with us now'

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07:17 AM ET 06.12 | Troubled linebacker Rolando McClain has taken a few more steps in a positive direction, courtesy the University of Alabama. [McClain], who announced his surprise retirement from the NFL last month, is back in school at Alabama, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Tuesday during a speaking engagement "I know a lot of people get disappointed in Rolando McClain and a lot of the things he's struggled with," Saban said, "but he's with us now." McClain, an All-American at Alabama who won the 2009 Butkus Award, was the eighth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft and signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders that paid him $23 million in guaranteed money. He just never picked up where he left off at Alabama.

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June 12, 2013  07:37 AM ET

Do we know the reason(s) for his failure in the NFL? And what does "he's with us now" mean?

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June 12, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Do we know the reason(s) for his failure in the NFL? And what does "he's with us now" mean?

Yo! Bammers! Give us the inside skinny?

June 12, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Heck with the football. Let's see if they can keep his life straight.

(And I still say the biggest thing is to keep him the hell away from Decatur.)

June 12, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Prepare to be Processed, Rolando.

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June 12, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And what does "he's with us now" mean?

He's signed a deal with LV! so, eternal dammmmnation.

June 12, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He's signed a deal with LV! so, eternal dammmmnation.

Taking over for Tinnie there TZ.

Well done sir.

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June 12, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Sounds like the guy needs support and direction from an external source to keep his life straight. It sounds like Coach Sabenz is aiming to provide such for the guy, and if so I applaud him for stepping up and doing so.

June 12, 2013  10:25 AM ET

Here's the deal and you all should know this already....

He has serious issues, whether it be mental problems or just anti-social or whatever it is.

He "failed" in the NFL, and I put fail in quotation marks because he could still go back and rehabilitate his career, but not due to having no skills. He has plenty of skills. He wasn't putting in the time and energy to be a good player. Too many distractions of his own making. He was still playing well enough to stay in the NFL for a fairly long time, although not at a level to be seen as living up to a 1st round pick.

When Coach Saban says, "He's with us now." that makes me believe that McClain has turned to Coach to help him turn his life around and recognizes Coach Saban as one of the only people that was able to make him focus on what is important in life.

I've said some harsh things about MClain in other forums, because right now he's a disaster. It will be a good thing if he can straighten out his life.

June 12, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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And I still say the biggest thing is to keep him the hell away from Decatur.

He bought a house there last year or year before, but I agree. He goes to Decatur to get in trouble.

June 12, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Here's the deal and you all should know this already....He has serious issues, whether it be mental problems or just anti-social or whatever it is.He "failed" in the NFL, and I put fail in quotation marks because he could still go back and rehabilitate his career, but not due to having no skills. He has plenty of skills. He wasn't putting in the time and energy to be a good player. Too many distractions of his own making. He was still playing well enough to stay in the NFL for a fairly long time, although not at a level to be seen as living up to a 1st round pick.When Coach Saban says, "He's with us now." that makes me believe that McClain has turned to Coach to help him turn his life around and recognizes Coach Saban as one of the only people that was able to make him focus on what is important in life.I've said some harsh things about MClain in other forums, because right now he's a disaster. It will be a good thing if he can straighten out his life.

Good synopsis Joe. If he's recognized where the best place to go for help is, that tells me he has at least acknowledged his problem. If he also takes ownership of that problem, then Coach Saban, etal can help get the train back on the right track. Then he'll need a maintenance plan to stay on it.

June 12, 2013  12:13 PM ET

Some people need baby-sitters... some never grow up....

June 12, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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Not NFL good. It means we are bringing him in house and giving him a paying job so he doesn't spill the beans.

See Brian Bosworth....

June 12, 2013  01:02 PM ET

It looks like working in a hotel laundry is a possibility in the near future. His degree in "Folding Clothes" will be put to good use.

June 12, 2013  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Here's the deal and you all should know this already....He has serious issues, whether it be mental problems or just anti-social or whatever it is.He "failed" in the NFL, and I put fail in quotation marks because he could still go back and rehabilitate his career, but not due to having no skills. He has plenty of skills. He wasn't putting in the time and energy to be a good player. Too many distractions of his own making. He was still playing well enough to stay in the NFL for a fairly long time, although not at a level to be seen as living up to a 1st round pick.When Coach Saban says, "He's with us now." that makes me believe that McClain has turned to Coach to help him turn his life around and recognizes Coach Saban as one of the only people that was able to make him focus on what is important in life.I've said some harsh things about MClain in other forums, because right now he's a disaster. It will be a good thing if he can straighten out his life.

JK, if Saban does straighten the young man out then good for him; time will tell.

June 12, 2013  02:38 PM ET
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It looks like working in a hotel laundry is a possibility in the near future. His degree in "Folding Clothes" will be put to good use.

So, he will be working next to you?

June 12, 2013  02:56 PM ET
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So, he will be working next to you?

He will be blue's boss

 
June 12, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

So, he will be working next to you?

Come on now BS's degree is in fabric softner. That is a totaly different department!

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