Ravens linebacker Rolando McClain told the Carroll County Times that he’s ready to make a comeback after taking a year off from football.
McClain says his son made it clear to him that he needs to come back.
“Dad, I miss watching you play football,” McClain’s son told him after watching him perform some football drills.
McClain then asked his son what he had said, since he didn’t hear him.
“I want to watch you play football,” his son replied.
McClain’s son then showed him a photo of his father playing with the Raiders and said, “Dad, I want to watch you play football.”
“That was my sign,” McClain told the Times. “From then, I just took it serious, worked out a little bit harder, and I’ve been training and preparing as if I’m going to go back.”
McClain says he’s excited to play football again.
“I’m excited about the game again,” McClain said. “I’m excited to play. I’m excited to be around some damn teammates.”
McClain admits he had to make a lot of changes to his life.
“There were a lot of changes I had to make,” McClain said. “I’ve got two little boys that look up and depend on me every day, and I want to be there for them and am going to be there for them every day. So as a man, as a Christian, as a father, you take time to set all your priorities straight.
“You take time to really figure out yourself. What’s going to make me happy? What ticks me off? All that stuff. So you really become a prisoner inside your own house, inside your own self. You’re not really talking to anybody. You just focus and try to figure out yourself.”
He says he started to think about seriously playing football again during the winter.
“I take time to figure out myself. I got my family. I got my core beliefs. Now, you say, ‘Hey, I’m bored,’” McClain said. “And you start thinking about why you’re bored, and you realize it’s not your friends. It’s football.”
McClain is a talented player. It will be interesting to see how he plays this time around.