Maurice Clarett at YC

Students to hear from inspirational athlete


He was college football's shooting star, a blazing talent who set records and led Ohio State University to a national championship in his one and only brilliant season. He remains college football's poster boy for immaturity and entitlement, a cautionary tale of how fleeting athletic success can be.

The York College family will hear Maurice Clarett's story firsthand as he speaks to them in chapel this coming Monday, October 24.

Clarett spent 3.5 years in prison, serving a sentence for concealed weapons charges and holding up two people outside a Columbus, Ohio bar in 2006. Now free from prison, and strengthened by the perspective of powerful life lessons, Clarett is getting a second chance as a third string running back for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

While incarcerated, Clarett reflected on his life in prison with his blog The Mind of Maurice Clarett. Since he didn't have Internet access, he sent his entries to family members, who posted them for him. Maurice talks candidly about his struggles and what motivates him. The following entry titled "Exposed in Due Time" deals with something that we can all benefit from Mr. Clarett's tale.

"One thing I know is that in due time everyone and everything gets exposed. Prison teaches you how to expose everyone and everything through conversation. It is a straight forward environment. There is no beating around the bush or bluffing here. That is one thing that I will take with me. Understanding the techniques of getting to the bottom-line in anything right away will keep my family’s life secure on any and all levels. It keeps the weasels, pretenders, rookies, and procrastinators at bay. Please remember that weak minds produce weak thoughts and weak thoughts produce weak action. Weak actions produce weak lives and weak lives cause a lot of heartache, headaches, stress, depression, and anxiety. Respect your own mind and educate yourself. Everything else will fall in order. Take it from me, being stupid is not cool."

In his last blog, Maurice finished with, "God is real. His grace and mercy has definitely played a role in my transformation. Think strong, be patient, have faith and act courageous when adversity strikes."

Monday's chapel begins at 10 a.m. in the Freeman Center. The public is invited.

Click here to see a special feature that ESPN did on Maurice.

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