Maurice Clarett’s physical prowess as a football star at Warren City’s Warren G. Harding High School caught the eyes of recruiters at Ohio State University (OSU) who saw his potential. This would prove to be great insight, as he would be the first freshman running back to start, be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and set the freshman rushing and touchdown season records. Most notably, he played an instrumental role in OSU clinching the national championship in 2002.
Clarett was the first freshman to be the leading rusher on a national championship team since Ahman Green of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1995.
Unfortunately, Clarett's time at Ohio State University was marked by several troubling incidents. Clarett moved to Los Angeles after his dismissal from Ohio State and battled depression and alcoholism as early as 2002.
On August 30, 2010, the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League signed Clarett. On October 1, 2010, he played his first meaningful game of any sort in eight years, rushing for 12 yards on 5 attempts against the Sacramento Mountain Lions. As the Nighthawks' #2 running back, Clarett finished the season with 154 yards on the ground on 37 attempts and a touchdown. He also caught 12 passes for 98 yards, and returned one kickoff for 13 yards The UFL suspended operations in 2012.
After a series of personal setbacks, Clarett stood at a crossroad in his life with two paths to choose: either succumb to his challenges or overcome them. He chose the latter and developed the Maurice Clarett brand, which offers expertise in the worlds of athletics, education and business. His success as an author and motivational speaker is a testament to his transparency, self-accountability and personal responsibility. Never one to shy away from his past mistakes, his courage to openly share the secrets of his own challenges has created a loyal following of thousands.