Against All Odds

By Lloyd Vance, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 20, 2009

PHILADELPHIA (BASN) — Remember Maurice Clarett? He’s the former running back phenom who started as a freshman at Ohio State. After being drafted by the Denver Broncos, his life spiraled out of control and now he’s sitting in a jail cell.

Or to be more specific, he’s blogging in his jail cell.

You can find Maurice Clarett’s blog at MauriceClarett.wordpress.com. It’s a surprisingly well written blog. If he doesn’t decide to become a writer when he comes out of jail, it appears as if Maurice Clarett hasn’t given up his dream of an NFL return.

From a recent blog entry by Maurice Clarett:

I can’t hold these feelings in anymore. I want to play football again. I have a deep desire to play. I love the game. I have so much penitentiary aggression pinned up inside of me. I want to hit someone. I want to run the ball. I want to tackle someone. I want to play. I am going to play somewhere.

I cannot accept how things ended. I won’t accept how they ended. I am 220, rock solid. I am moving swift, running fast, and jumping high. My mind is right and my life is in order. I am 25 but I feel like I am 18. I am still young. Those who do support me deserve and want to see me out there playing again.

While it’s definitely a long-shot that he makes a return to the NFL, it’s not impossible. He will likely get released at some point in the next year. If he’s actually 220 pounds, that’s more than 30 pounds lighter than he was while with the Broncos.

Nobody thought Clarett could have that success at Ohio State so I’m not ready to close the door on him yet. After reading Maurice Clarett’s blog, it’s difficult to not root for him.