Dec 15, 2012, 2:23 PM EST
Back in 2002, Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett helped the Buckeyes pull off one of the greatest upsets in college football history to win the national championship over the University of Miami.
Little did he know that it would be the pinnacle of his football career. After a failed run with the Denver Broncos and a stint in prison for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, Clarett faded into obscurity with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
Recently, a new book by Monte Burke called “4th and Goal: One Man’s Quest To Recapture His Dream” about former Omaha Nighthawks coach Joe Moglia provided an interesting passage where Clarett talks about his time at the Ohio State University and the benefits that he received:
He was a hard worker in practice and in games. But off the field, he was living a completely different life. “I took golf, fishing, and softball as classes,” Clarett says. “Away from class, anything you can think of I did in my 13 months at Ohio State.” Drugs and women were two of the things. Cars were another—he owned three of them at a time, including a brand-new Cadillac and Lexus. “I was living the NFL life in college,” he says. “I got paid more in college than I do now in the UFL.”
After his stint with Omaha, Clarett never played in another professional football game and many will continue to wonder if he avoided the drugs and trouble with the law, what he could have been.
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