Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker (55) Rolando McClain against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Rolando McClain retires again, this time for good

The career of former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Rolando McClain has come to an end once before and it has now again come to an end a second time. Just two days after being reinstated by the NFL, McClain has decided to retire from the NFL citing the old ‘my heart isn’t in it’ adage.

“If football made me complete I would play,” McClain told ESPN senior writer Sam Wickersham through a text message. “But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away [for] whatever reason.”

It’s a bit strange that McClain is retiring yet again after just having been reinstated, but this time it seems to be official. Even if McClain wants to come back a third time, he’s twice quit on the NFL and he’s likely burned some bridges this second time around.

But the main thing for McClain, who has had noted off-field issues, is to get his life in order and if he feels that toe world of football contributes to his bad behavior, then leaving the game is in his best interest. As hard as it is for some to realize, football isn’t everything and McClain is proving that by forfeiting his second chance almost as soon as it was handed to him.

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