Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL for the second time in a year.
Four days after McClain had been reinstated from the reserve-retired list by the Baltimore Ravens the linebacker has decided to retire for a second time.
During a recent workout for the Ravens the 24-year-old was unable to complete a conditioning test after showing up late. On Monday he was to report to the Ravens offseason workout program only to send a text to ESPN.com saying, “I gotta follow my heart. It ain’t football. If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason. … This means I’m done.”
“Now I know God has something else planned for me and that my life is bigger than football,” he said in the text.
McClain has not played in the NFL since 2012 and was considered a long-shot to make the Ravens roster.
The Oakland Raiders initially drafted McClain with the No. 8 overall pick in 2010.
He would record 246 tackles and 6.5 sacks in his three seasons in Oakland, while also dealing with a string of off the field issues which included three arrests in a 11-month period.