After retiring and sitting out all of last year, Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has rediscovered his love of football, and it’s showing up on the field.
McClain has led the Cowboys in tackles in each of the first two games and, in the victory over the Titans, he recorded a sack and a game-changing interception for good measure.
"He came up to me and was like, 'I love y'all. Y'all make this game fun for me again,'" said safety Barry Church, per ESPN Dallas. "Once he said that, I knew he was back to his old ways, like how he was back at Alabama. Just a love for the game and love for winning. We need that type of guy around us. We just need him on our defense and I'm glad he's here."
Dallas traded for the former eighth overall pick in July, handing over next to nothing to the Ravens in exchange, in hopes that he could help replace Sean Lee--who, of course, went down with a torn ACL on the first day of organized team activities. Thus far, McClain’s been the surprise of the season for the team.
"I was on a bad path," McClain said. "I didn't deserve to play football, so to say. I wasn't all the way there in the game. You ain't going to be the best if you ain't focused on the job, so I needed to take time to do what was important, get myself right, and I got that right. Now I'm in a great organization, got some great teammates, and just happy to play football again."
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