You couldnt blame Michael McAdoo if he were feeling bitter about football and decided to just chuck it.
Two years ago, the NCAA ruled him ineligible, so he didnt play his last season at North Carolina. Last year, he got hurt and wasnt able to get on the field with the Ravens. This year, he had just started to show something to the Ravens in the off-season when an injury to his Achilles tendon wiped out another year.
I finally had a chance to get out there on the field to prove myself, McAdoo, a 6-foot-7 linebacker, told baltimoreravens.com this week in his first interview since the injury. I thought it was going well, getting the hang of the plays, getting in the system, and getting some extra eyes and extra looks. Then for me to go down, it just hurt.
But McAdoo, still just 22, will try to work his way back and actually play football after what will end up being three lost seasons.
I realize that and all I can do is keep fighting, he said. I cant give up just because I have an injury. I cant feel sorry for myself, because nobody else is going to feel sorry for me.
Coach John Harbaugh said the club will give him another shot.
"Hes not a guy well give up on, Harbaugh said. "Hes just going to be a project for us. Hes going to get another year in the weight room and in the meetings and try to see if he can be a player next year.
And he certainly doesnt possess a McAdont attitude.
I cant stop, and I cant give up now, he said. Other people are suffering way tougher things than what Im suffering.