Maurice Clarett to talk to rookies

Maurice Clarett will be a guest speaker at the NFL Rookie Symposium later this month to share his story of "success and failure."

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Maurice Clarett, seen here in this photo from 2010, served 3½ years in prison on robbery and concealed weapons charges.

Clarett was drafted in the third round by the Denver Broncos in 2005 but was released before ever playing a game. 

"I understand that what I have to share is a national story of success and failure -- great failure in a very public way," Clarett told Fox Sports Ohio. "It's a story of redemption right now. Going to the symposium, I can identify with a lot of those guys. I don't know if they know my story or not, but I know a lot of them grew up with nothing. I know they're getting money for the first time and they have everybody they've ever known trying to get their hands on it.

"These guys are 21 and 22, and they're now the head of the household. They're not used to that. They were college stars whose only responsibility was to show up to lift and practice. If anybody knows what it's like to throw it all away, it's me. And now to have a stage and a spotlight to reach somebody before he does something near as stupid as the things I did, it's a privilege."

Clarett spent one season at Ohio State, rushing for 1,237 yards while scoring 18 touchdowns in helping the Buckeyes win the 2002 BCS National Championship. However, he was dismissed from the program after one season, becoming the center of a scandal involving improper benefits.

Clarett later served 3½ years in prison on robbery and concealed weapons charges, then played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2011. He released a book in 2012 in which he boasted of making plenty of money in college and described a life of guns and drugs.

The NFL Rookie Symposium will be held June 23-29 in Aurora, Ohio.

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