Rolando McClain was reinstated by the NFL last week, and traded to the Dallas Cowboys, where he will try to make another go in the pros.
McClain, the 2009 Butkus Award winner from the University of Alabama, was an established leader for the Crimson Tide defense. McClain started eight of 13 games in 2007 as a middle linebacker his freshman year, and started all 13 games his sophomore year. By his junior year, was making on-field defensive and audible calls.
Except for media coverage regarding McClain’s stomach virus before the Alabama-Texas BCS National Championship game in 2010, McClain had stayed out of any controversy or media coverage about himself. That all changed when McClain opted out of his senior year at Alabama and was drafted to the Raiders. In 2010,
McClain entered the NFL draft and was selected as the eighth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders. After three seasons with the Raiders, including a 2011 season where he was their leading tackler, he was cut by the Raiders in April 2013 due to incidents off the field.
He was signed to a one-year contact to the Baltimore Ravens before retiring in May 2013.
Now, he’s at it again with the Cowboys. McClain should take over the starting linebacker position for the Cowboys since Sean Lee is out with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Three might just be a lucky number for Rolando McClain. His third season as part of the Crimson Tide, he helped his team win a national championship. Now his third chance as an NFL player on three different teams can only mean one thing: something good is yet to come.