The Chargers were ecstatic in March when they agreed to terms on a three-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl and two-time Associated Press All-Pro fullback Le’Ron McClain.
McClain spent the 2011 season in Kansas City, but he spent his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens, including the 2008 season when he rushed for 902 yards, combined for 1,025 (including receiving yards) and scored 11 touchdowns. Tough, durable and dependable, he has only missed one game due to injury in five NFL seasons.
A native of Alabama, McClain became one of the area’s leading philanthropists when an EF4 tornado touched down in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in April 2011, leveling homes and businesses throughout the community.
McClain has been an active community participant since entering the NFL. In 2007, he created the Learning Minds Foundation, which emphasizes smart work, self-discipline, focus, teamwork and respect. One element of the Foundation is McClain’s annual All-Star Football Camp that he hosts in his hometown of Northport, Ala. In 2009, he served as a spokesperson for KaBOOM!, a nonprofit that aims to provide accessible playgrounds for children across America.
In recognition of his efforts in the community, the Baltimore Orioles invited him to throw out the first pitch before a game against the Texas Rangers in April 2009.
McClain is the CEO for In Ya EarHole Entertainment, a production company that specializes in hosting charity events. He’s also the creator and host of the “Beyond the Jersey,” a reality show about the budding NFL superstar.
In 2012, he returned to school at the University of Alabama to complete his classwork in Human Environmental Services where he received his diploma and walked with his classmates during graduation ceremonies in May.
McClain has a daughter named Alex. His hobbies include basketball, fishing and shopping. His younger brother, Ronday is a starting running back at Concordia (Ala.) College. He’ll be a junior in 2012.