Former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Maurice Clarett may be best remembered as a great college player who couldn’t keep his head screwed on straight and thus wasted a promising career by ending up in prison on a weapons charge, but his recent appearance at Florida State greatly suggests that he has indeed turned his life around.
Clarett now works as a motivational speaker and was asked to speak to the Seminoles by head coach Jimbo Fisher since the team has had a number of off-field issues this summer, namely incidents involving battery against women.
Former quarterback De’Andre Johnson was dismissed from the program after being charged with misdemeanor battery and then video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face, and last year’s leading rusher Dalvin Cook remains on indefinite suspension following his arrest on the same charge.
ESPN managed to get some of the footage of Clarett’s speech to the Seminoles and by the end of the clip, which is just over a minute long, you’ll want to stand up and applaud. This man has clearly turned his life around for the better and doesn’t want anybody else to make the same mistakes he did.
Hopefully, his words struck a chord with the players and they can all focus on getting back to the College Football Playoff this season and winning Florida State its second championship in three years.
FSU opens the season at home against Texas State on September 5.
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