Former OSU Star Clarett Speaks to Marion Students
Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 08:00 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Former Buckeye star Maurice Clarett hopes, by telling his story, he can help kids avoid the types of mistakes that led to his much-publicized fall from grace.
The former OSU running back spoke to students at Marion's Harding High School on Friday, reliving his failed attempt to play in the NFL after being kicked off the OSU football team due to a variety of off-field issues.
Clarett also provided the teens with details about the three years he spent behind bars for robbery and weapons charges after his pro dreams fizzled.
Clarett credits public speaking with helping him to rebuild his life after his release from prison.
"Even if five kids got it, you know, I spoke the truth of my life. That's the only thing that any person can do," Clarett said. "If I go out there and preach somebody else's message, it's not going to resonate the same way."
Clarett, who led OSU to the 2002 National Championship, advised students to surround themselves with positive influences, saying he repeatedly slipped into bad behavior because of a lack of a proper support system.