McClain Discloses Illness

Alabama LB Rolando McClain said on Tuesday the he suffers from Crohn’s Disease, an intestinal affliction that he controls with medication.

McClain made the announcement at the Alabama Pro-Day workout, where he ran the 40-yard dash (right) in 4.6 seconds, but then became ill when running other agility drills.

Whether this has an effect on how he’s viewed by teams – like the Chiefs – in next month’s NFL Draft remains to be seen. But McClain said he has dealt with Crohn’s since his freshman year in high school. If that’s the case, then it should not be a concern to teams because of how McClain played during his college career with the Crimson Tide.

He’s considered a top half of the first-round draft choice and certainly should be someone the Chiefs will consider at the No. 5 pick, although that may be too high for McClain.

McClain also revealed that he played most of the last month of the season with a hamstring injury that was never revealed, even to his teammates.

4 Responses to “McClain Discloses Illness”

  • March 10, 2010  - JohnNdallas says:

    Man I’ve been high on this guy his whole career at Bama (huge Bama fan), but dang! I dunno now. I sure hate to hear that tho.

    Not sure now, he was the guy I’ve said would be my 3rd choice with the 5th pick (Berry and Hayden being ahead)ummm maybe his teammate Mt Cody moves up to # 3 now?….Maybe??

  • March 10, 2010  - JohnNdallas says:

    Either way Live Long and Prosper Mr. McClain!!

  • March 10, 2010  - makes it tough says:

    sure makes it hard to take him top 15.

  • March 11, 2010  - True Red & Gold says:

    This was my guy. I was really pulling for him to be our pick and Pioli had to be considering him. This news may change how teams rate McClain (right or wrong).

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