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Maurice Clarett runs the ball at OSU

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Maurice Clarett to speak in Athens on Saturday

Maurice Clarett, a former Ohio State Buckeyes football star, will present his talk "1st and Goal," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The Youngstown, Ohio, native helped Ohio State win the NCAA Football National Championship in 2002. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and set the freshman rushing and touchdown season records at OSU.

A series of unfortunate events led to 2002 becoming Clarett’s only season of college football. He was drafted in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos but never played a down.

In September 2006, Clarett was given a 7.5 year prison sentence for robbery and concealed weapons charges. Since being released in April 2010, he has used his hard work ethic, newfound discipline, and improved education to positively connect with people like never before.

While in prison, Clarett earned college credits toward a bachelor's degree in geriatrics and gerontology through Ohio University's College Program for the Incarcerated.

Clarett said he believes that when you compound positive reinforcements in your life, over time, you begin to receive the benefits from them. He now serves as an entrepreneur, public speaker and life consultant.

He has been featured on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, “Youngstown Boys,” and now travels throughout the nation speaking to universities, business, non-profits, and high schools about his life experiences.

Clarett will conduct an official autograph signing in the Bobcat Depot on the first floor of Baker Center following the event. Russell Athletics will offer 15 percent off all Russell items in the store during the signing.

1st and Goal is sponsored by the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Ohio University’s Association of Multicultural Sports Professionals, the Ohio University Department of Sports Administration and Russell Athletics.