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Maurice Clarett hopes to try out for UFL's Omaha Nighthawks

Jeff Garcia may be handing off to Maurice Clarett this season.

Clarett, the former Ohio State star and Denver Broncos draft bust who was recently released after three and a half years in prison, filed a motion with a judge asking to be allowed to leave Ohio for a tryout with the Omaha Nighthawks. The Nighthawks recently announced that Garcia will be their quarterback this season.

Clarett’s attorney, Michael Hoague, said Clarett is taking classes and working out at Ohio State and would like another chance at football.

“Since he re-enrolled in summer-quarter classes at Ohio State, he’s been going to school and also working out each morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center,” Hoague said. “He looks really good.”

The 26-year-old Clarett was one of the best high school players in the country in 2001 and ran for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading Ohio State to the national championship as a true freshman in 2002. He hasn’t played in a game since scoring the winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.

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33 Responses to “Maurice Clarett hopes to try out for UFL's Omaha Nighthawks”
  1. tv says: Aug 23, 2010 2:02 PM

    This just in – Clarett steals Garcia’s toupee but fumbles it on his way to the parking lot.

  2. jwill007 says: Aug 23, 2010 2:06 PM

    like Marco said in “Taken” “GOOD LUCK”!

  3. BleedGreen says: Aug 23, 2010 2:07 PM

    Good luck to him. He had some serious mental issues, if I remember the article I read about him. Got in with some gangstas that gave him a bunch of money assuming he’d be making it all back in the NFL, and when he didn’t, they came looking for him. Not sure if that part is true, or if he made it up/was paranoid/whatever. But he served his time, like Mike Vick, and deserves a chance to make something out of his life.

  4. pintomeng says: Aug 23, 2010 2:07 PM

    He hasn’t played in a game in over 7 years and spend 3 1/2 years in the slammer
    SIGN HIM NOW!

  5. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 23, 2010 2:14 PM

    “Taking classes, working out” hey that’s more than Michael Vick did. I hope he turns his life around and takes advantage of the opportunity – if it comes up.

  6. dlmcc0909 says: Aug 23, 2010 2:14 PM

    Classic example of an athlete who thought he was bigger than the game and wound up crashing down to earth like a ton of bricks. Its good at least to see hm get his life back on track and get himself an education

  7. Draft King says: Aug 23, 2010 2:14 PM

    I’ll admit it — I’d tune in out of curiosity to see what Maurice Clarett can still do.

  8. BigBear123 says: Aug 23, 2010 2:19 PM

    Would think after 3 years in jail he wouldn’t need to work out anymore aside from toning. Just like people talking about Vick getting into playing shape… Hello, he had all the time to workout and he didn’t bother. Lazy bastards.

  9. Jack Burton says: Aug 23, 2010 2:20 PM

    Can’t be in any worse physical shape than Vick was when the Eagles took pitty on him.

  10. jsbeck says: Aug 23, 2010 2:36 PM

    ^^ i was curious for a second and then i remembered. he cant do squat, but he can lift!
    he’s heard there is some great stuff to “pick up” in canada. Boycottfootball.com

  11. SuperNatti says: Aug 23, 2010 2:38 PM

    What?! No derrogatory Bengals comments?
    Are ya’ll asleep?

  12. moolah954 says: Aug 23, 2010 2:38 PM

    thats what he gets for STEALING the national championship for the canes

  13. Brothaman says: Aug 23, 2010 2:45 PM

    This will cause me to watch the UFL

  14. cbrianwatkins says: Aug 23, 2010 2:45 PM

    i’ll go out on a limb and predict him to do well, not that its the same, but look at what no wear-n-tear did for Ricky Williams, he’s made a lot of “knowledgable” football people look stupid
    the lack of direct hits for Clarett will be his saving grace, if he can get his form back he’ll be fine
    we could see him in the NFL in 2 yrs

  15. Slow Joe says: Aug 23, 2010 3:12 PM

    He hasn’t played in a game since scoring the winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.
    …which would have easily been won by the University of Miami, save for a horrific injury to Willis McGahee and a horrible pass interference call that basically gave OSU the game.

  16. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 23, 2010 3:19 PM

    thats what he gets for STEALING the national championship for the canes
    —————————————
    You’re right, I think Mike Rumph had an interception in the 2nd quarter, and Clarett hustled, caught Rumph from behind, and stripped the ball away. Ohio State converted that into points. Aside from the game winning TD, that was probably the most important play he made.

  17. Bucknut says: Aug 23, 2010 3:32 PM

    Slow Joe – Gave OSU the game??? You sir, are retarted. Please go to the clue bag and help yourself.

  18. DJSlyBri says: Aug 23, 2010 3:34 PM

    I hope he isn’t stuck with one of those right-wing tea party-loving judges that want African-American men to pay for youthful indiscretions for the rest of their lives. If Clarett were white, he’d not only have never gone to jail to begin with, he’d be in the prime of his NFL career.

  19. INTENSEG says: Aug 23, 2010 3:42 PM

    He is trying to turn things around in his life. I wish him the best.

  20. SeanSalisbury7StepDrop says: Aug 23, 2010 3:48 PM

    Damn…2003 was a long, long, time ago.

  21. Slow Joe says: Aug 23, 2010 4:23 PM

    Slow Joe – Gave OSU the game??? You sir, are retarted. Please go to the clue bag and help yourself.
    Dude, check your spelling and you’ll realize why your post has me still laughing over here.
    Also, I’m not a Hurricanes fan. I’m unbiased, which you apparently are not. It wouldn’t have been a blowout by any means, but the ‘Canes would have won with a healthy McGahee. And, of course, the aforementioned bad call on fourth down.
    Which is what I said earlier in my “retarted” post.

  22. The Real Shuxion says: Aug 23, 2010 4:25 PM

    # pintomeng says: August 23, 2010 2:07 PM
    He hasn’t played in a game in over 7 years and spend 3 1/2 years in the slammer
    SIGN HIM NOW!
    ——————————————————
    Signed,
    Al Davis

  23. ShaKey says: Aug 23, 2010 4:44 PM

    $200 for season tix, just might be worth it now!

  24. Mooch says: Aug 23, 2010 4:55 PM

    Another great decision of Shanahan past!

  25. BuckeyeChuck says: Aug 23, 2010 5:23 PM

    Ah, the Criami fans are *still* smarting after the 2003 NC game. It gives me such pleasure.
    It also illustrates that no Criami fan remembers much of the game, or that they choose not to. Here’s a reminder. There was an Ohio State third down late in the fourth quarter that they didn’t convert — officially. That led to a punt, that Roscoe Parrish ran back 50 yards, that set up a game-tying field goal by a laughingstock of a kicker, that sent the game into overtime, that led to the controversial fourth down call, that allowed the Buckeyes to score the go-ahead touchdown, that allowed the Buckeye defense to stop Criami after having it fourth and goal inside the two. Yep, four cracks at the end zone from inside the two, and the vaunted Criami offense couldn’t crack the goal line. But I digress…
    What no Criami fan ever remembers is that the officials gave Ohio State a horrible spot on that critical third down play, that led to the punt, etc. The replay shows that Ohio State clearly got the first down, and had replay been in use that year, Ohio State would have been properly awarded a first down and then run out the clock.
    So don’t complain that an official *gave* the win to Ohio State. If the officials had done their job, there would be no controversy about the…. officials.
    Look on the bright side, Criami. You get a shot at revenge on September 11, 2010. I doubt you will get it. I shall be in the ‘Shoe in person to revel in another glorious Buckeye win over the Hurrilames.

  26. Dave says: Aug 23, 2010 5:57 PM

    Good for him. I’m glad to see him back in school, and who knows? As has been mentioned, if he can get his old form back, he’s fresh…this may amount to something.
    Go LOCOS!

  27. rea725 says: Aug 23, 2010 5:58 PM

    This guy will be a Bengal by October. After all, they’re in Ohio. He’d be able to suit up for the home games.

  28. TryTheVeal says: Aug 23, 2010 6:39 PM

    Life wasted…..

  29. kupski says: Aug 23, 2010 6:45 PM

    slow joe
    poor loser lol
    the replays over and over showed the typical thief from the miami area fleecing the reciever from The Ohio State Univeristiy. The “bad call” was Miami playing in a national championship game… Cheat cheat cheat

  30. Joe C says: Aug 23, 2010 8:13 PM

    The “U”=Under Arrest

  31. Drafty says: Aug 23, 2010 9:46 PM

    Because this is how football works. Yes-man Ted Dumbquist helps draft this puke for the Broncos in a move that shocked the league for its outright stupidity.
    And now, as a guy on the fringe of the sport, who never showed any ability to identify talent and work the draft (along with his Broncos boss, Shamahan), he now gets to repeat his numerous errors on a smaller scale.
    While still making (I assume) a semblance of a living.
    Meanwhile the rest of us who are paid to make decisions (I realize I’m talking to a minority here), have to stay sharp and produce for the privilege of continuing employment.
    Ain’t football grand?

  32. Pier588 says: Aug 24, 2010 10:35 AM

    Slow Joe sez “…which would have easily been won by the University of Miami, save for a horrific injury to Willis McGahee and a horrible pass interference call that basically gave OSU the game.”
    are you referring to this same play?
    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/6483719
    If the mighty Sugarcanes of Miami were as good as they thought they were – what kept them from scoring when they had the ball 1st and 2 to tie?

  33. Slow Joe says: Aug 24, 2010 12:40 PM

    A. Apparently, OSU grads suffer from a lack of reading comprehension, seeing as how none of you could interpret when I said “I’m not a Hurricanes fan”, it meant that I am not a Hurricanes fan. Maybe OSU has some advanced reading courses you could look into.
    B. The entire Big Ten sucks. Every year the media allows you overhyped clowns to jostle for one of the top positions in the Top 25, and every year the Big Ten winner gets throttled by an SEC team in a bowl game.
    C. OSU wasn’t even the best team in their state last year. When are you guys going to man up and play Cincinnati?

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