Maurice Clarett went from a sure thing running back who led Ohio State to a national championship in 2002 to an NFL castoff to a convicted felon in the span of 3 years.
He's out of a Toledo, Ohio prison now after serving a 3 and a half year sentence for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon and just finished a 4 1/2 months in what the Associated Press called a "locked-down, dormitory-style facility that serves as a transition for those getting out of prison."
Now Clarett has the itch to get back into football and the United Football League is willing to give him a shot.
Clarett and his attorney filed a motion with a judge asking to be allowed to travel to try out with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks. Clarett cannot leave the state of Ohio until he receives clearance from the court. A review of the motion is scheduled for August 30th.
"Since he re-enrolled in summer-quarter classes at Ohio State, he's been going to school and also working out each morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center," Clarett's attorney Michael Hoague was quoted by the AP. "He looks really good."
Let's hope this venture into professional football is better than his brief stint as a Denver Bronco. Oh by the way, Ted Sundquist, the former general manager of the Denver Broncos, who took Clarett in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft, is the player personnel director of the Nighthawks. Sundquist must see something we do not.
Here's some highlights of Clarett in his one season in Columbus (Thanks youtube.com/jhilmer)
Photo Courtesy: The Cleveland Leader