Motivational Sports Speaker Maurice Clarett

Maurice Clarett

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Motivational Sports Speaker Maurice Clarett knows a thing or two about how to run the football. Once revered as one of the best freshman in Ohio State football history, Maurice led the Buckeyes to a national championship during the 2002 season. More recently, Maurice is speaking at events all over the United States to tell his unique story of the trials and tribulations that come with being the most heralded college football player in the nation.

In his only year at Ohio State, Maurice grabbed the nation’s attention with his electrifying play on the field. In his first collegiate game in 2002, he ran for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns against Texas Tech, averaging an incredible 8.3 yards per carry. Two games later against a stingy Washington State team, Maurice rushed for a season best 230 yards and 2 touchdowns.

During his remarkable year, motivational sports speaker Maurice went on to rush for over 100 yards in 7 different games, recording 18 rushing touchdowns on the year.

During the National Championship, Maurice lead the Buckeyes the Buckeyes to victory with 2 touchdowns, including the most crucial one in double overtime that capped a huge underdog win against defending champion Miami. Maurice was the first freshman to be the leading rushing on a National Championship team since 1995, when Ahman Green did it for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

After struggling to find his footing in the NFL, Maurice stepped away from football in 2005 and into a world of legal trouble that would end up changing his life for the better. The former champion and football standout got caught up in a lifestyle that would ultimately hinder him from ever reaching his full potential on the field. Several years of jail time was enough for Maurice to come to the conclusion that things had to change. Instead of dwelling on his failures, he now uses them to motivate others to live purposefully and never take their God-given talents for granted.

In part to show his triumphs and struggles, Maurice was part of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Youngstown Boys in 2013. Maurice has a history of depression and that same year he joined mental health advocates to promote Medicaid expansion in Ohio. He has spoken at prisons, colleges, and youth camps to share his story and encourage others to learn from his mistakes.