These days, Maurice Clarett speaks in paragraphs – long, unfurling stretches of dialogue that cover multiple topics, then end as quickly as if he were dropping the ball to the turf after scoring a touchdown. Only one question trips him up: Imagine it's 2003 and you have a chance to talk to this Clarett kid who's just led his team to a national championship. What do you tell him?
"Oh, man," Clarett says, then pauses for a moment. "I don't know. I don't know that there's anything I could tell him. It's all a process, how you get to where you are."
And where Clarett is right now is training for a comeback, only this time it's not in the NFL, but … in rugby.
To understand how this came to be – how one of college football's most dynamic players of the last decade never played a down in the NFL – you have to know whole story.