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Interesting piece on Rolando McClain

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9892094/rolando-mcclain-trying-get-life-together-tuscaloosa

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9882568/nfl-former-oakland-raiders-alabama-linebacker-rolando-mcclain-self-imposed-exile

I know a lot of us were very disappointed by the MLB's time here in Silver and Black, and I'm sure more than a few of us jeered and laughed seeing how his brief time with the Ravens turned out before he chose to retire at 23. The interview referred to in the articles above (and the video accompanying it) tell us some details that many of us didn't know. For example, I had no idea about his rough childhood situation and about his struggles immediately after the draft (struggles that I think a lot of sports stars face).

I don't know about you all, but my heart breaks a bit when I read about this kind of situation, and it puts a lot more context around his troubling behavior when he was with us. I'm happy to see that he's gone back to a place of peace for him and is working towards his degree to bring himself back together. Who we become is largely dictated by the circumstances of our upbringing, and I'm happy that Ro recognized this before he, in his words, "ended up locked in a cage like an animal. That had to be the only outcome."

All the best to him, and even though I'm still mighty disappointed that he was a draft bust for us and overall didn't play very well at all, I temper that a bit more after listening to this interview.

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