Ohio State Football: Former Buckeye Maurice Clarett putting life back together

Maurice Clarett trying to turn his career, life around

7/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Maurice Clarett is arguably the best freshman to ever play for the Ohio State football program. His achievements are unmatched, rushing for 1,237 yards and 18 en route to the Buckeyes' 2002 BCS National Championship win over Miami (Fla.).Blog Photo - Ohio State Football: Former Buckeye Maurice Clarett putting life back together

Of course, Clarett never played another down in college after being suspended for the 2003 season for being charged with filing a false police report. He also took special benefits totaling $20,000, pleading to a criminal charge, and was later dismissed from the team.

Despite running a 4.82 in the 2005 NFL Combine, Clarett was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the last pick in the third round (No. 101 overall). He was then released before the start of the regular season after not playing in a preseason game, and went unclaimed off waivers.

Clarett's career—and life—took a turn for the worst the following year when he was pulled over after a high-speed chase. Police discovered an open bottle of liquor, a Katana, a zanbato, a fully-loaded AK-47, and was wearing body armor.

Clarett spent the next few years in jail before his release in April of 2010. Since then, he's done his best to press life's reset button and move forward from his nostalgic past.

Just four months after his release from jail, Clarett signed a deal to play for the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks. He finished the season with 154 yards and a touchdown as the No. 2 tailback.

Now, Clarett is working extremely hard to heal his reputation and again utilize his athletic talents.

Late last month, he told his story at the 2013 Rookie Symposium to numerous first-year pros in hopes to prevent a mirror-image of himself. 

Now, Clarett is playing for Tiger Rugby, the rugby development program for the selection of players to the team that will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

At 29-years-old, Clarett has regained prime athletic shape and seems to have a grasp on the direction of his life. He isn't the All-Pro NFL running back many Buckeye fans envisioned him being, but he's also not behind bars until the end of time, either.

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