Former OSU star to speak at Willis


A former Ohio State University football player will be visiting Willis Intermediate School to talk about the bad decisions that ended his football career.

Maurice Clarett, a former running back for OSU, will be at the Willis auditorium July 22 at 7 p.m. His talk is sponsored by the Delaware Police Department and the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office. Admission is free.

“Maurice Clarett brings a powerful message that can benefit many people,” said county Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “He has experienced the consequences of poor decisions, but has not let those decisions define him. He is now using his life experience to help others, sharing his story and the lesson that it’s never too late to change the direction of your life for the better.”

Clarett served three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to a count of aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon in 2006. After being released from prison, he has reportedly traveled across the country speaking at schools, churches and other organizations about changing the direction of one’s life.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to make a difference in our community, we have partnered with the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office to bring Maurice Clarett to Delaware,” said Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski. “Maurice’s story of his rise to fame and fall from grace is a powerful example of the dangers of bad decisions. Hearing the story, and how Maurice changed the direction in his life will hopefully be inspirational and make a difference for our community, our kids, our at-risk population and those who are currently struggling.”