- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was asked whether his perception of Alabama players has changed since the disappointing outcome with linebacker Rolando McClain, who retired for a second time since signing a contract with the team last year.
"Have I lost faith in Alabama? My son is still there," Newsome said. "I think that takes care of that one."
It's unknown whether Newsome's son would've passed the Ravens' conditioning test, but I digress.
Based on the Ravens' unusual year-long commitment to McClain, some have questioned whether Newsome, the biggest Alabama fan north of Tuscaloosa, is partial to the Crimson Tide players. This would ramp up if the Ravens selected Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round this year.
History shows the Ravens do like to draft Alabama players. In their 18 drafts, the Ravens have selected six players from Alabama, which is tied for second with Miami for the most players drafted from one school. Only Oklahoma has had more players drafted by the Ravens (seven). It should be pointed out that the Ravens have never drafted an Alabama player in the first round.
As for McClain, Newsome didn't provide much insight on what happened with the linebacker.
"Rolando retired," he said. "At the end of the day, a person has to make a decision whether he wants to play football or not play football. It was his decision to retire."