Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett ran into a lot of trouble once his career in Columbus was over. The former star was in and out of jail for years and never really seemed to get his life going in the correct direction.
Clarett has finally gotten away from the crime life and has turned his once tragic story into one of motivation. He now travels the country telling young people about what he went through, inspiring them to make their lives more than they think it can be.
Clarett was in Tuscaloosa Friday night speaking to the students on campus when he ran into an old coach of his. Mel Tucker was the running back coach when Clarett was at Ohio State and he is now in the same position with the Crimson Tide. College Spun shared a photo of the two, who reunited after over a decade of seeing each other.
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This was truly a pleasure yesterday. I had a chance to spend the entire day at the Alabama football facility. I didn't leave until around midnight. It was fun to engage with the guys and just be around. I loved meeting Coach Saban and chatting with staff. This picture right here represents something a little different though. This is me and Coach Mel Tucker. He was the defensive back coach at OSU when we won the championship in 02'. I hadn't seen him in 13yrs. It was a pleasure to catch up with him and just see how his career how grown. It was also special to have him thank me for helping his career. He told me "Reese, you helped us win that championship in a major way and that championship brought a lot of ppl great opportunities and jobs". That was music to my ears. It was sincere and from his heart. I love this dude and everyone that hosted me yesterday. It was a first class visit.
It’s great to see that a coach and player still have a rather close bond with each other. Clarett’s story is heartwarming and I’m glad he was able to pull through his tough times. I’m sure Tucker is proud of him as well.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports