Three days after the Baltimore Ravens activated him from the reserve-retired list, inside linebacker Rolando McClain has decided to once again retire from the NFL — this time for good.
McClain was expected to report to Ravens team headquarters for the beginning of voluntary workouts Monday. Instead, the 24-year old has decided to walk away from football for good just four years after the Oakland Raiders selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
McClain told ESPN.com in a text, “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.”
McClain would not have been guaranteed a roster spot even had he reported to the Ravens. He has not played in an NFL game since November of 2012, and he struggled during a workout with Baltimore last week.
However, team officials were still intrigued by McClain, who was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year at Alabama in 2009.
But now, McClain will move on from football, and the Ravens will move on and try instead to add to their inside linebacker position through the draft, which they may have done even if McClain had reported.