A little more than a decade ago, Maurice Clarett was Johnny Manziel. Like Manziel, Clarett was a young college football sensation that captured the nation in a way so few players could. Had he stayed around Ohio State another year or two he likely would have left the Buckeyes with a legacy few could rival. Instead, Clarett’s head got a hold of him and sent him down a challenging path as he attempted to challenge the NFL. Clarett’s path from Ohio State has been dark at times, but he learned some valuable lessons as a result. Perhaps Clarett’s days since helping lead Ohio State to a BCS national title have not gone as he thought they would, but it is also possible he has become a better person because of it.
In a time when college football headlines are soiled by players doing dumb things, and coaches too, it is always good to have reminders that people can change. Anybody can relay information about one person changing their ways, but those tales hold more weight coming directly from the source. Clarett has found a way to lend his voice to college football players around the nation, and in doing so has found a way to leave a lasting impression in the sport that brought him so much fame at a young age.
An old colleague of mine, Aaron Torres, profiled Clarett’s new life as it relates to college football and it is well worth your time to read over on FOXSports.com (Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com also has a story about Clarett that was released shortly after Aaron’s story. Both are worth your time). It is an inspirational story that deserves being shared, especially at this time of the year as we get started for a brand new season. Aaron was kind enough to share some time with me to discuss his story as well as talk about some actual football for the upcoming season.
Follow Aaron Torres on Twitter @Aaron_Torres and check out FOX Sports’ college football coverage all season long. I also had Stewart Mandel on the previous podcast, so be sure to check that out as well.
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