Rolando McClain Makes The Right Choice

Lombardi's Way Rolando McClain Makes The Right Choice

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So Rolando McClain is unleashing upon the world his inner Brett Favre while singing along to the chorus of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go.

Simple answer Rolando – GO!

That said, let’s not start chastising McClain or Ozzie Newsome for the twice-failed comeback attempt. It was a worthy one and for all of the know-it-alls in the cyber world or on sports talk radio, take a moment and a step back to look at the man in the mirror.

See any flaws?

Let’s give McClain credit for bailing on football to take care of something more important – his life. It’s not easy for anyone to admit their failures as a human being but at the age of 23 McClain, awakened by the senseless trouble he often found himself in, opted to clean up his act, become a better man and an even better father.

If successful he could then focus upon being a better football player.

Apparently the football chapter won’t be written.

According to several sources McClain showed up at the Under Armour performance last week not exactly in the best shape and flunked the team’s conditioning test. The test is fine-tuned by position and requires 6 sets of a series of aerobic activities.

McClain finished three sets and then went Roberto Duran on the strength and conditioning coaches, his body language screaming, “No Mas!”

A few days later he made “No Mas!” official when he shared with ESPN The Magazine’s Seth Wickersham, “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.”

And then there’s that newly found soft spot for his children.

So if a man is at peace with himself, rekindles a love affair with his kids, has the means to care for them (according to Forbes he’s worth $16.7M), why shouldn’t he walk away if he wants?

Why should anyone criticize him for doing something many of us would like to do?

Who wouldn’t want to retire at 24 with the means to do so?

From the Ravens perspective, they had nothing to lose by playing out the McClain drama. There was no downside, only potential upside.

It didn’t work out but at the very least the Ravens sent a message that they are willing to work with reclamation projects who are trying to mend their ways. That open-mindedness could pave the way to the next Cris Carter.

And it sends a message to the world to give someone another chance.

Just because McClain’s comeback didn’t work out, by no means does it mean the effort was a failure.

Both sides can claim victory.

And now it’s time to move on.

Obla-di, Obla-da.


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