A judge today found former Alabama All-American Rolando McClain guilty on two misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2013 incident in his hometown and sentenced him to 18 days in jail.

The jail term will be delayed after McClain's attorneys filed an immediate appeal in Morgan County Circuit Court seeking to overturn the verdict handed down by Muncipal Judge Bill Cook.

McClain was convicted on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arrested last year after yelling "f--- the police" while in a crowd of more than 500 people in a Decatur park.

"I felt like I ran into the only person in the entire state of Alabama who would convict him on this evidence," said McClain attorney Harvey Steinberg, who also argued that the police video did not indicate McClain said those words.

The trial centered on the testimony of the two Decatur police officers who arrested McClain and a police videotape of the incident. The words McClain was alleged to have said are clearly audible on the video but it's not possible to tell who spoke the words.

McClain, who is in the middle of training camp with the Dallas Cowboys, expressed concern for his NFL career immediately after being taken into custody and placed in the backseat of a Decatur police car.

"You can't expect to be arrested 3 times in 3 years and play in NFL,'" McClain told the arresting officer, Joseph Walker, according to the police video. Walker testified in court today that he was McClain's "biggest fan."

Steinberg said in closing arguments that what police said McClain said is "protected speech."

The appeal will result in a jury trial in Decatur.