Stack the odds against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, and chances are he will find a way to win. Being homeless, going undrafted and hearing from his doctor that he would never play again are all challenges McClain has faced during his life, and he came out on top. It's why McClain calls his life one boxing match after another. McClain's doctor, who told him he would never play again and to save his money, medically cleared him to play 10 months after he had suffered a spinal cord contusion. Morgan Adsit interviewed McClain moments after the Ravens' 19-16 loss to the Steelers Oct. 20, which was McClain's first game played in 2013.
Morgan Adsit: I know this isn't the result you were looking for, but what was it like being back on the field for the first time since [being] medically cleared to play?
Jameel McClain: You know we lost. There's no personal tie when you lose. As a team, it's disappointing. We have to watch the film. But for me, right now, there's no personal tie.
MA: Is it becoming a broken record for this team -- offense not able to run the ball and get to the end zone, the defense able to hold its own and make stops in the red zone, but it comes down to the final drive and not being able to make a big play?
JM: That's exactly what it is. As a team, we just have to do things. At any given moment, it's a big play for either side. It's a team loss. There's no side to point the fingers at. It's not a broken story yet. Every game is different.
MA: Heading into the bye week with a Pittsburgh loss and losing record, does that add to the sting of where you guys are at this point?
JM: Absolutely not. Every time you lose, it hurts. We've got to brush it off and come back. We get a week to recover. That's the good part.
MA: Back to you -- on a personal note, you got the start and a lot of reps. How did everything hold up?
JM: I felt great, man. I felt great. It was good to be out there running around. But that's about the only individual part I can say. I had no setbacks.
MA: Does this make you crave round two even more with Pittsburgh?
JM: Absolutely. And it's Thanksgiving. That's easy.
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