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Linebacker Jameel McClain’s Journey From Humble Beginnings To The Baltimore Ravens

Nov 4, 2012; Baltimore Ravens inside LB Jameel McClain (53) during a game against the Cleveland Browns. Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Linebacker Jameel McClain has become an integral part of a stingy Baltimore Ravens defense.  But his path to becoming a starting linebacker in the NFL was not an easy one.  McClain defied the odds, which were heavily stacked against him, and established himself as a veteran in a league that is tough to get into and even harder to stay within.  He was never the biggest or most talented player, but had a burning desire and the passion to succeed and do better than what others expected from him.  The harsh realities he faced growing up made him one of the hardest working players to strap on a helmet.

A group called M-Vision Films documented McClain’s journey from humble beginnings to emerging as an impact linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.  Embedded below is the video that M-Vision Films put together, which is 1 of 10 episodes in a series called “Declaring Destiny” that the group will create per season.  Each episode will profile a different athlete.  After watching the clip on McClain, I am excited to watch episode 2.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.