Do you remember the National Championship football game in 2002? Since Maurice Clarett scored the winning touchdown, things spiraled out of control for Maurice.
Clarett had something that so many of us deal with and fail to even recognize; he had a pride issue. Throughout his freshman year, Clarett had numerous issues, from blasting Ohio State administrators publicly, to walking out of a midterm exam that he still passed.
The New York Times quoted a teaching assistant at Ohio State who says that Clarett got “preferential treatment.”
“He was a young man on top of the world and had the mindset that he could do what he wanted when he wanted.”
Clarett was investigated by the NCAA for stealing $10,000 in clothing, CDs, cash and stereo equipment from a Monte Carlo he borrowed from a local dealership. He was also accused of falsifying the police report in conjunction with the theft.
Maurice was suspended his sophomore season by the Ohio State Athletic Director for receiving special benefits worth thousands of dollars from a family friend, while repeatedly misleading investigators.
After an unsuccessful attempt to enter the NFL Draft early, Clarett attempted to sue the NFL, but lost.
When Maurice finally got his chance to play in the NFL, spending a brief period of time the Denver Broncos, he was eventually cut due to a groin injury, which hampered him for most of the pre-season.
After that, things again began to unravel quickly for the once acclaimed college football star.
Clarett has been accused of robbing a couple at gunpoint, on top of his involvement in a highway police chase over a traffic violation where authorities found three handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle inside the vehicle he was driving. Maurice then agreed to plead guilty to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. The result was a 3½ year prison term.
Maurice Clarett and his “Road to Redemption.”
Fast forwarding to today, you're probably asking yourself, why write about someone who did so many things that are wrong? And while that's a fair question, I have one word: Redemption. I was able to meet Maurice Clarett when he came to speak at Movement Church late last year.
I am the Media team leader at Movement so I handle the videography, website, social media etc. I have met some “high profile” people in my lifetime, but I have yet to meet someone as authentic and sincere as Maurice Clarett.
Two weeks removed from the airing of ESPN's 30 for 30 Youngstown Boy, Maurice came to speak at our church for free. I was intrigued to find out how he started reading Warren Buffet, as well as over 300 books while in prison. He than started writing a blog from prison about his life and how it has changed dramatically from being on the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Maurice Clarett is an Entrapeneur by heart. He revealed to everyone that he was always fascinated with business and how it worked.
Since his release from prison, Clarett still writes on his blog. He has a Twitter following of over 57,000 people, and doesn't shy away from his faith in God .
To be quite frank, he embraces his faith, which is a beautiful thing. He has written a book called “My Life, My Story, My Redemption” A Season of Thoughts. It is a journal of his blog posts and his life's journey up to this point.
It was awesome to talk to him about how he has developed an online training program, while turning it into a membership site for athletes to get into prime shape for any sport.
Like my pastor/friend Jeremy Schweyer said “He has tree trunks for legs.”
He is still in unbelievable shape, and has reached out to the NFL to play again. In my eyes, however, politics have taken over in that aspect as they have yet to give him a shot.
While speaking with him, he confided that he has only been speaking publicly for a little over a year, but consistently tries to perfect his craft. He has former, and current NFL players calling him and asking advice about life and finances.
I wrote this article because Maurice could have easily stayed on the wrong path, but chose to travel the path less traveled. He chose to step up and educate himself, and is now a business owner with the best intentions in mind – to help others.
I was truly honored to meet Maurice Clarett. It is refreshing to meet someone who has put his priorities in place. God, his family, and his purpose. Maurice, if you by chance read this, you're still scoring touchdowns, my friend. These ones though, are Eternal.
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Maurice Clarett talkes about his “Road to Redemption” with Pastor Jeremy Schweyer at Movement Church.