McClain enjoys first touchdown of NFL career

Inside linebacker visits end zone for first time since college

October 03, 2011|By Edward Lee

Jameel McClain has achieved much in his four-year career, making the Ravens as an undrafted rookie in 2008 and becoming a full-time starter at inside linebacker last season.

But until his six-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Sunday night’s 34-17 victory over the New York Jets, McClain hadn’t visited the end zone since his playing days at Syracuse University.

“Basically, on the play, [cornerback] Lardarius [Webb] had the opportunity to grab it, but he bobbled it, and me being a great teammate, I helped him out,” said McClain, who established a franchise record in 2008 with two safeties in a single season. “I grabbed the ball, and I got in the end zone with his help, and [free safety] Ed Reed [who caused the fumble] and so many other players. It was a good play – a team play. I got a [touchdown]. I needed that. It’s my first touchdown [of] the regular season. It was great.”

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