Former UConn star Robert McClain heading to Super Bowl with Panthers

(WTNH)–Robert McClain’s NFL journey has been deep, sometimes dramatic, and ultimately, fulfilling.

Kind of like his artwork.

The 27-year-old has been cut a few times, left hung out to dry in the NFL’s Darwinistic free-agent pool, and now, tabbed by the New York Times as ‘essential’ to Carolina’s Super Bowl run.

McClain was part of a great group of Huskies under Randy Edsall from 2006-09, and helped elevate the program to never-before-seen heights. Also known as Reggie, McClain played himself into an NFL prospect during his senior season, when he was named co-captain of the team. His size was in question, but after an outstanding performance in UConn’s bowl win over South Carolina in 2009, he earned some workouts from NFL teams.

McClain was selected by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. Carolina released him after his rookie year, so he moved on to Atlanta, where he played three seasons before starting this year with New England.

The Patriots let him go in September, and just last month, the Panthers brought him back. It turned out to be a great move for both. In Sunday’s NFC Championship win over Arizona, McClain finished second on the team with six tackles. He also nearly picked off a pass.

A talented football player, McClain is also a very good artist, as we found out during his days at UConn. Take a trip back with us on the SportzEdge Time Machine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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