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I'm on the fence when it comes to including Maurice Clarett as a bust.
Part of it is the fact that I somewhat agreed with his stance that he should've been allowed to enter the draft when he originally wanted to. When you're ready to go pro, you should be able to do just that. It would actually be a boon to college football, for there would actually be more real student-athletes and not just "Student-Athletes." This would also mean much less scandals.
In other words, if Clarett gets his way, his former head coach, Jim Tressel, would probably still have a job.
But instead, he was kept out. Rules are rules.
The other part of it is the fact that he was chosen in the third round.
So why does Clarett make the list? Mainly because of where he went in the draft, when he went to that place in the draft, how ballyhooed he was coming out of college and the fall from grace that would come afterwards.
Clarett was drafted with the final pick in the third round by the Denver Broncos. However, after a poor training camp with a team that at the time was known for taking just about any running back and making them a 1,000-yard back, Clarett was released from the Broncos.
Despite the attention he got while at Ohio State as well as the fight to get into the NFL, Clarett never played in an NFL game.
However, after his career was over, would see a multitude of legal problems.
The biggest one came in 2006, after leading police on a chase after making an illegal u-turn that ended with him driving over a police spike strip.
Cops were forced to subdue Clarett after he spit at police officers and called them out using racial slurs, and upon searching the car, found a loaded AK-47, two other loaded handguns, a katana and an open bottle of Grey Goose vodka.
Clarett allegedly had ties to an Israeli crime organization and may have been in possession to protect himself from the organization, the Jerusalem Groups, as they had "provided Clarett with cash, a BMW, bodyguards, drivers and beachfront lodging in Malibu, Calif., with the understanding that he would be reimbursed and receive 60 percent of Clarett's rookie contract."
Clarett took a plea deal and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
He would be released in 2010 and would sign with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks that year.