Video: Maurice Clarett

By Ramzy Nasrallah on July 2, 2013 at 12:55p

Maurice Clarett's 30for30 documentary debuts following the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December. In the meantime, this isn't as much of a glimpse into what that film will look like as much as it is a peek into what he's doing now.

Eleven Warriors has given Clarett the longform treatment twice; both while he was with the Omaha Nighthawks and again in March of this year. We're very much looking forward to the 30 for 30 (as well as the ceremony that's airing prior to it, in what could turn out to be an Ohio State hater's nightmare evening/scenario).

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OSUStu's picture

Every time I see Maurice talk about his life today, I am so happy about the changes he has made and am proud he is a Buckeye.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

OSUs12-OH's picture

Couldn't agree more.  He's a good person.  He just let everything go to his head.  All I think about when it comes to Mau Clarett is how good he could have been?  How good could of OSU been in 2003 (Lydell Ross, enough said)?  I'll never look at him the same way I do TP.  Two totally different situations.  Let the haters hate....oh well.  Without #13 OSU doesn't win the NC...period!  IDC what you say!                                                          
OSU missed him something fierce in 2003 and beyond.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Whosisbrew's picture

Whether videos or photos of this play, it never fails: Chills every time.

tennbuckeye19's picture

No doubt. The instinct and execution by Clarrett on that play was tremendous. Just phenomenal.

andyb's picture

 "I'll never look at him the same way I do TP"

Can you elaborate on that?

OSUs12-OH's picture

With both having left OSU on a controversial note, I'd go the higher route with Mau IMO (not because he's not in the NFL.  I just feel he learned more of a life lesson than TP did IMO btw).  He left early thinking he would be able to go pro.  It blew up in his face and he went down a route I'm sure he regrets.  What could have been is what I think about with Mau.
 We know what happened with TP...enough said.  I'm not going to elaborate more than that or I'll probably receive over 100 dvs for being honest (and correct to boot).  Many love TP here...I'm in the minority bc I don't see it that way.  

I up voted you too btw.  I don't mind a good debate or good questions.  Just don't want to start shit on here over TP. Ppl get REAL defensive of him on me     ;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

I don't think any of us are in a position to judge TP. Some of us believe that he could have sunk OSU had he "cooperated" with the NCAA and not left early. Maurice also threatened to rat out OSU several times after things started turning against him.
It's also been over 10 years since Maurice was kicked out of OSU. It's been about 2 for TP. To say one has learned more than the other is a bit biased and premature.

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andyb's picture

My sentiments exactly here Aero, Let's give TP 10 years to mature and grow as a person before we start picking favorite "Problem children"...In all reality TP never went to Jail and never threw OSU under the bus the way Clarett did.
He certainly made mistakes and left school because of those mistakes...I love that Clarett has turned his life around for the better and I hope someday TP can come back to C-Bus and be that same guy but I also don't think TP will get the same exposure. Half of the draw for Clarett is that he went out on top and there is always the "What if" that everyone loves to talk about.
In the end I think I give TP and Mo equal ground here..they were both very young when they made their mistakes...and I think you should give them both the benefit of the doubt.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Love the picking best out of the problem child comment.  That made me laugh out loud actually.  If that's the perception, I apologize.  For either seeming like I'm casting stones or passing judgment (or especially picking a fav problem child;-)  It's more the facts of each situation and who may IMO or may be hasn't yet learned more from each problematic situation while at OSU.  I preach this all the time to learn from your mistakes to my lil juvies I work with.  
So I mean no ill will towards TP.  I know there was WAY more than him that was involved in the trading/selling/receiving stuff before and obviously a little while after his time there.  Not to mention, hell we all made mistakes during the ages of 18-21 or so.  I know I sure did!  I'm just glad I didn't get in trouble during those years of college (and a few years after those years too;-)  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

willshire58's picture

I'm really pulling for him to make the Olympic Rugby team.

buckeyemondo's picture

hope his kicking game is up to scratch.

captain obvious's picture


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jcillian's picture

Proud to call Mo Clarett a Buckeye, God speed to him and his ability to positively alter peoples' lives

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Maurice will always be a Buckeye! Proud to have seen him play! Go Mo!

The South will NOT rise again!

TBDBITL0509's picture

He has provoked many varied emotions from me over the years, but I'd say that what I feel most these days is pride. I'm happy for him; he looks happy and whole. And swole. :)

blazers34's picture

Awesome, awesome video. Good for him

JoeinCbus's picture

He's one of ours.  I do a little prison ministry work, and it's amazing how many guys who've never met Clarett are inspired by him.
If all that had been thrown at me at his age, I'd likely have made some of the same mistakes.

droessl's picture

Every time I get somewhat upset about the "waste" of football talent, I think about what sort of career he may have had. Heisman? another national championship? Super Bowls? Who knows. But if he keeps on the way he appears to be, he could leave a much more lasting mark in the world than if he stayed on the star athlete track.
Great to see him be a fantastic example of how to turn a life around. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Now I am looking forward to this episode of 30 for 30, for certain.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

73buckeye's picture

Number 13 was a huge part of one of the happiest nights in my life, and I wish I could thank him personally for that. I'd have loved to see him for another three years and reach his potential, but the year he had and the memories he gave us far exceed the things that lots of players weren't able to achieve in 3 or 4 years. I'm glad he has is life in order and will always be proud Maurice Clarett is a Buckeye.


Aslfinch5287's picture

Nice "Got Juice" T-shirt he has there

Kevbo714's picture

I instantly thought of the line in "Batman Begins," where Mr. Wayne asks a young Bruce... ""Why do we fall?" To which the answer is, " so we can get back up." Way to get back up Mo C... ALWAYS proud to call you a Buckeye

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

thatlillefty's picture

From amazing to tragic to inspiring... what a story.
If Mo makes the rugby squad, I'll start following the sport.

Hovenaut's picture


Good for MC.

smith5568's picture

I saw him standing under a tent on Lane Ave. before the OSU-Mich game this year. I still regret not telling him how happy I am that he is a buckeye and how proud I am of how he has turned his life around. I believe that his accomplishments now make me even prouder than anything he could have done on the football field. He really is inspirational and could leave a much more profound legacy through his story than he ever could have through football. I hope one day I have another opportunity to personally thank him.  

Knarcisi's picture

I saw him in the same place.  Smacked hands with him and hugged him.  Told him thanks and asked him if he was doing alright.  He contributed to something we'll take forever with us as Buckeyes.  I made a lot of mistakes in my lifetime, and have done things I am not proud of.  I have been fortunate and very successful by a lot of standards in life, but like Mo, appreciate the simple things like my family.  What makes you a champion is how you respond to adversity.  Go get 'em Mo. 

smith5568's picture

Wish I had been smarter and smacked hands with him too. 

Basso Profondo's picture

Looks fantastic. I would pay to hear him speak on the lessons he has learned.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Can I upvote this article??

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

gravey's picture

Good Luck #13!  Stay on the right path and good things will continue to come to you and your daughter.

MN Buckeye's picture

I pull for every kid out of Warren G Harding.  While he has clearly turned his life around, I am sure it is still not easy for him.  I think it has taken great courage for him to honestly have faced his demons and to share his life with others.

CCatanzaro's picture

Thanks for sharing.  Great watch, and was definitely worth 5 minutes.

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.


J.Mo's picture

 Was heart broken when everything in 2003 went down with MoC. I still remember chanting "Maurice the Beast" during the '02 TSUN game in B Deck of the north end zone. 
He's becoming a great spokesperson and positive influence on how someone can turn their life around. If Maurice was this mature 10 years ago, I really think he'd be in the same class as Barry Sanders as one of the greatest RBs in the NFL.

pjtobin's picture

I would have loved to see him for two/three more years. He was a beast. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Maestro's picture

Such a unique person.  It's wonderful to see people who clearly "don't get it" when they are young "get it" later in life.  Speaks to the power of the human spirit and the power of positivity.
I think Tress gets an assist on Clarett's amazing turnaround as well.

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Brutus's picture

Though I don't have an ounce of the talent that Clarett had and no where near the potential, I often think what might have been had I made some different decisions.  What if I studied something different in college and went on to Wall Street, where many  of my friends went.  What if after grad school, I went to join a hot startup in Silicon Valley instead of what I do now.  Maybe I'd be rich or in some important executive position.  Maybe I'd be living a more glamorous lifestyle.  But had I done any of those things differently, I most assuredly wouldn't have the kids and family I have now.  Had Clarett done things differently, maybe he would be in the NFL and been a pro-bowler and won Super Bowls, not to mention a Heisman and another national championship. But he most assuredly wouldn't have his daughter. Though he didn't say it, I'd bet if you asked him, he wouldn't do much differently if he thought he might not have his daughter in the end.  Would any of you that have kids?  I don't pretend to know what their home life is like, but instead of thinking about what might have been for him and Ohio State had he made different decisions, I'll just be happy for what he has now.

Jonnferrell's picture

You go Mo!  I'm a fan of a guy who admits past mistakes and tries to do better for himself and his family.  That's a real life role model.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

T4EHill's picture

Good for him!!!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." Woody Hayes

AngryWoody's picture

Somewhere deep down I know Maurice lurks on this site, (being buds with Ramzy and all) and I want him to know that Buckeye Nation loves you man, and keep it up because somewhere out there some kid (who might not have his dad, or a positive role model)is going to learn your story and you are going to be their hero. Much love! Buckeye 4 life

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fanosu99's picture

My feelings for Maurice went from loving him to hating him to loving him again. 
Hopefully his demons are behind him.