Space Coyote

May 15th, 2013 at 2:55 PM ^

Two football players that had tons of upside, had tons of potential to better their lives and their family's life, and essentially threw it away.


May 15th, 2013 at 4:14 PM ^

Rolando was overdrafted because he played at Bama.  He shouldn't have been drafted at 1st round, not because of off-field concerns, but he is slow and doesn't diagnose plays quickly.  He is surrounded with NFL talent that made him look better than he really is.


May 16th, 2013 at 8:54 AM ^

I'm not going to argue that the Lions are GOOD, but they are certainly talented. The problem with the Lions was poor secondary play, injuries, and a few head cases (Titus Young, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley).  All those guys were talented, plus Stafford, Calvin Johnson, etc.  It's not CFL talent.  The Raiders, however, are very much lacking in talent.


May 15th, 2013 at 3:07 PM ^

I can only shake my head about this, and wonder why the Raiders always mess up their 1st round draft picks.The only one they got right in the past 15 years is Woodson.


May 15th, 2013 at 5:24 PM ^

He was an atypical pick in that he had been a productive college player and apparently a team leader, as opposed to the guys with great measurables but limited college production (e.g. Darrius Heyward-Bey) that Al usually took. At the time, I thought it was a great pick and figured that Al might have finally learned something. Unfortunately, McClain turned out to have his head up his ass. I hope for his sake that he can get his act together.

Buck Killer

May 15th, 2013 at 3:08 PM ^

Those losers quit! Man our society sure is getting weak. Next people will get free healthcare and unlimited unemployment for having a sore back or a bad knee.


May 15th, 2013 at 3:08 PM ^

It's sad to see these stories of players with quite a bit of promise and NFL potential ending up with either extremely short careers, all the while embroiled in problems. He won a few conference and national honors in his time at Alabama - I think he is only one of two Crimson Tide players to win the Butkus Award actually. 

I wonder if we'll hear about a comeback attempt somewhere down the line (three credited seasons in the NFL Pension Plan, but I believe he wouldn't be able to collect until 55), but even then, it is unfortunate for McClain that any second shot will be substantially more unlikely than the shot he just gave up. 



May 15th, 2013 at 3:19 PM ^

I am going to agree with the OP and hope that McClain gets some help.  I think that all college and NFL players should get yearly SPECT tests, with the results interpreted by a neutral party.  

Players can "game" the imPACT test by sandbagging on the baseline measurements.  Also, if they are already damaged but don't know it, the baseline measurements will be off.  The SPECT test doesn't lie.  

OTOH, if McClain is just another entitled athlete whose criminal behavior was enabled by the football machine at Alabama, then I hope the system gives him the "help" he needs for at least 30 days, just as a wake up call.


May 15th, 2013 at 7:07 PM ^

I wonder if he's schizophrenic or has another serious mental disorder where he just can't seem to get it back together. It's possible this all started over the last couple years which could explain so much of his antisocial, bizarre behaviors. I hope he gets it together so he can at least have a normal life outside of football.


May 15th, 2013 at 10:58 PM ^

Well, until the money runs out.  He'll be back as a FA for the Ravens, Packers, Patriots, or some other smart organization in a year.