"Always beating the odds" sounds so cliche', but it's Jameel McClain's life. Now, the former Ravens linebacker will likely finish his career out in New York as a member of the Giants.
McClain was absolutely loved by the Ravens coaching staff, as they often referred to him as the example for what every rookie should strive to be. Undrafted out of Syracuse, McClain came to Baltimore, just looking for a shot to be on an NFL roster.
Six years later, he wishes Baltimore goodbye with a classy post on his Facebook page.
For the past 6 years I have been privileged to be a member of one of the great sports franchises in this country, and to make Baltimore my home...I am blessed because of the opportunity, and forever grateful that Ozzie Newsome and his staff recognized my potential and gave me a chance, that John Harbaugh and all my coaches helped me develop my skill…and that Steven Bisciotti proved to me that hard work does indeed pay off...I want to thank the Ravens organization for all of their support…and my teammates, without which none of this would be here, and my future would not be quite as bright.
To the city of Baltimore and its great fans - even though I'm moving on to the big Apple, my community work is something that will carry on here - as I will continue my commitment to change and to improve the lives of others!!…thank you for your support and encouragement…you have made me a better person.
To NY/NJ and the Giants nation…here I come!…as one of my predecessors shouted to the world, "Can't Wait"!!
#nextchapter #blessed #philly/NY/MD/back2NY
If you haven't read about McClain's life prior to football, I'd highly suggest you do a simple Google search and check it out. It should go without saying, but a lot of the Ravens fan base will miss McClain, and I certainly wish him the best of luck in the future.