Maurice Clarett has been on quite the journey. From winning a college football national championship with Ohio State to him being incarcerated at the Toledo Correctional Institution.
Controversy is a word that Ohio State Buckeyes fans might synonymize with former running back Maurice Clarett.
Things have changed.
On Twitter this week, Clarett talked to the youngsters who are considering going to college and thought he might help with another avenue.
“I hope more young ppl rethink going to trade school as an alternative to making a living,” Clarett said. “There’s a ton of money/opportunity and a shortage of labor in these spaces. If you’re organized and have a work ethic you can write your own ticket. #RandomThoughts.”
As a freshman, Clarett earned the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year distinction and racked up over 1,300 all-purpose yards on 222 carries. He tallied 18 total touchdowns in the process.
His legacy is continuing this year now that his daughter is set to be a Buckeye herself.
Clarrett’s daughter, Jayden, attended Columbus School for Girls, and graduated early.
Clarett and the Buckeyes experienced a nasty divorce when he accused the school of not allowing him to fly home for the funeral of a friend before he ran into legal and NCAA troubles. He sued to get into the 2004 draft, but that would fail.
Then-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan spent a third-round draft pick on Clarett. However, his career in the league never got going as he would go on to a 3 1/2-year prison sentence on robbery charges before spending some time in the now-defunct UFL.
Clarett never appeared in a regular-season NFL game. Never a preseason game.
Since Maurice Clarett’s departure from Ohio State, he has been invited back on numerous occasions as the university commemorated the 2002 title-winning team.
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