Maurice Clarett was the top college football running back in the country as a freshman and helped the Ohio State Buckeyes win the 2002 national championship. But after he got in trouble off the field, his life took a turn for the worse. The Youngstown native landed in hot water and was eventually dismissed from the team by Jim Tressel. He spent time in jail and a brief stint with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League before finding redemption and changing his life for the better.
In the years since his release from Toledo Correctional Institution, Clarett has built a behavioral health agency in Youngstown, Ohio, called The Red Zone, which provides mental health and addiction services, among others. He has also spoken at a variety of events and started a podcast about entrepreneurship called Business and Biceps.
He also works with college athletes to help them make the right choices and avoid pitfalls like he did. His message is that mistakes are ok, but it's how you get past them and move on that matters most. He recently connected with UConn coach Dan Hurley and has been visiting the team in Storrs, Connecticut.
Clarett is on track to graduate from OSU with his degree in 2022 and says he wants to use his platform to continue making an impact for people who need it most. He has a long way to go, but he's committed to doing it and knows that his journey is just beginning.