Former NFL linebacker Rolando McClain has made a decision to get his life back on track and has re-enrolled himself at the University of Alabama in an attempt to get the degree he never finished when he was drafted into the NFL a few years ago. McClain retired from the NFL after yet another arrest last month and made the pledge to get his life back on track.
It appears he wasn’t just saying that to say it.
Saban says Rolando McClain is back in school at Alabama.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) June 12, 2013
It’s incredibly good news to hear McClain is back at school earning his degree as not many guys are able to recognize they’re giving up a good thing before it’s far too late in life. At just 24 years old, McClain still has plenty of time to get his head right, settle into a degree and then revisit the prospect of playing linebacker in the NFL.
McClain showed flashes of brilliance both while at Alabama the first time and with the Oakland Raiders his rookie season. But off-field issues plagued and ultimately defined his short stint in the NFL — but it appears that may have just been his first go at it. He did say when he retired that he hopes to one day return to football, but his first foray likely showed him how hard of a path it is in the pros and how easy it is to lose your living. Having a degree to fall back on or even replace a career in the NFL is the move of a wise man — a man much wiser than McClain has been before.