Looks like the Gators welcomed a visitor Wednesday.
Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was in Gainesville and delivered a “powerful” speech to Florida’s football team, according to tweets from Clarett and Gators players.
“One of the most powerful talks we’ve heard here in a while, thank you … respect,” Florida offensive lineman Antonio Riles tweeted.
Quarterback Luke Del Rio agreed with his teammate.
“[Maurice Clarett] was amazing today, had a great message about how your habits form who you are,” Del Rio tweeted.
Clarett, 32, has a unique story. He starred on Ohio State’s 2002 team that defeated Miami in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship, but left college after his freshman year after becoming the center of a scandal involving improper benefits..
Despite being drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Clarett was released about a month after he was signed to a contract and never appeared in a regular-season NFL game. Clarett later served a 3 1/2-year prison sentence on robbery and concealed weapons charges before playing for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2011.
“I connect with the kids. It’s that simple,” Clarett tweeted after speaking to the Gators. “I connect because I care. They feel it because I know my words are spoken from a great place.”