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Claude Wroten hopes Arena Football is his way back to the NFL

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In 2006, the Rams spent a third-round draft pick on defensive tackle Claude Wroten even though he had been arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute three months earlier. That turned out to be a mistake: Wroten was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy in 2007, then suspended for the entire season for another positive drug test in 2008. After that, his career was effectively over.

At least, it appeared to be over. Now Wroten is playing Arena Football for the Orlando Predators, and he says he is done with drugs and hoping for another chance in the NFL.

NFL teams don’t have to worry about me,” Wroten told the Orlando Sentinel. “My ultimate goal is to make it back to the big show, back to the NFL. I feel I’m on the brink. I’m in the best shape of my life mentally, spiritually and physically.”

Wroten threw away most of his prime athletic years, but at age 29, there’s still a chance that he could convince some NFL team to give him one more chance. The NFL reinstated him in 2010, so he can play if he can find a team willing to sign him to a contract.

“I don’t look back at my life and say ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda,'” Wroten said. “I don’t live with regrets. My goal is to become a renaissance story and come back to the NFL. That’s my driving force.”

Playing well in Arena Football — and staying out of trouble — could be Wroten’s ticket to an NFL training camp.

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7 Responses to “Claude Wroten hopes Arena Football is his way back to the NFL”
  1. coltzfan166 says: May 25, 2013 8:03 PM

    It also helps his chances to give him publicity like this. I’d never heard of him until now, but seems like he should get a second chance.

  2. coachstram says: May 25, 2013 8:15 PM

    Nope……saw him play about a month ago.

    Slow, heavy and a non factor.

  3. thesteelers says: May 25, 2013 8:21 PM

    This is why we didn’t draft him. Take notes.

  4. johncarr43 says: May 25, 2013 8:29 PM

    Wroten also spent 1 season with Toronto Argonauts in the CFL & part of another season with Edmonton. Played well at times, but was inconsistent.

  5. drsummeroff says: May 25, 2013 8:50 PM

    Was a talented guy, like others, whose head wasn’t in the right place. He’s probably washed up now but being a Rams fan, he had some talent and could have been a good player.

  6. ramcountry says: May 25, 2013 9:07 PM

    This is the kind of guy Dick Vermeil used to refer to as a turd muncher.

    How about both you and Eric Crouch both just shut up. I’ve heard enough from former Ram draft pick busts for one week.

  7. fourthandafoot says: May 25, 2013 11:57 PM

    “NFL teams don’t have to worry about me.” Ha thanks Claude that was pretty funny. You got a team to drink your Kool-aid on draft day so hoping for lightning to strike twice. Goodluck with that.

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