Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett is now a motivational speaker, after turning his once crime-ridden life around. This offseason, he’s been spotted on a number of college football campuses, giving advice to players ahead of the 2015 campaign. This week, he was in Tuscaloosa to talk to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Friday night, Clarett took to Instagram to post a photo of Mel Tucker, who currently coaches Alabama’s defensive backs. He included an emotional note, telling his followers that it was the first time in 13 years that he’s seen Tucker. Tucker was the defensive backs coach at Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the national title back in 2002.
This was truly a pleasure yesterday. I had a chance to spend the entire day at the Alabama football facility. I didn’t leave until around midnight. It was fun to engage with the guys and just be around. I loved meeting Coach Saban and chatting with staff. This picture right here represents something a little different though. This is me and Coach Mel Tucker. He was the defensive back coach at OSU when we won the championship in 02′. I hadn’t seen him in 13yrs. It was a pleasure to catch up with him and just see how his career how grown. It was also special to have him thank me for helping his career. He told me “Reese, you helped us win that championship in a major way and that championship brought a lot of ppl great opportunities and jobs”. That was music to my ears. It was sincere and from his heart. I love this dude and everyone that hosted me yesterday. It was a first class visit.
Hopefully, Alabama will release footage of Clarett’s speech to the team. It’s clear that he’s making an positive impact on college football now.