It sounds like Alabama coach Nick Saban was surprised when middle linebacker Rolando McClain decided to retire again rather than attempt to restart his football career with the Ravens.

McClain was placed on the reserve-retired list this week after announcing his second retirement within the past year on Monday, one week after struggling during a workout for Ravens officials.

A 2010 Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick who was a consensus All-American selection and a Butkus Award winner at Alabama, McClain had met with Saban prior to that workout.

"He was in a great state of mind and seemed like he was excited about going to play," Saban told Alabama reporters.

McClain has been enrolled in school at Alabama over the past year, spending time with his two young sons and dealing with personal issues, including going through a divorce.

Saban said he just hopes that McClain is doing well as he walks away from football.

"He'd been in Tuscaloosa and done a really good job in school," Saban said. "We just want the guy to be successful and want him to be happy. And anything we can do to help him, I think he knows we're there for him."

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