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Gone Fishing

Photograph By Deanne Fitzmaurice for ESPN The Magazine

At age 24, Bama legend and former Raiders first-round pick Rolando McClain worried he would be the next pro to snap. So after a string of arrests led to his release in Oakland, McClain did the unthinkable: Rather than play for the Ravens, he walked away from the NFL, moved back to Tuscaloosa and re-enrolled at Alabama. For the past four months, he has barely watched pro football and has enjoyed nothing more than casting a line on the dock outside his new home.