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Clarett Signs With UFL’s Nighthawks, Seeking ‘Second Chance’

Former Ohio State University running back Maurice Clarett signed with the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks, saying he was seeking a “second chance” after a prison term for robbery.

Clarett, who led the Buckeyes to the 2002 Bowl Championship Series college football title, may practice today. Terms of the one-year deal weren’t disclosed, ESPN reported.

In 2006 Clarett pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. Clarett, 26, was released from prison this year after serving 3 1/2 years in Toledo, Ohio.

“I am committed to working hard to earn the right for a second chance in football, and more importantly in life,” Clarett said in a statement.

Clarett was expelled from Ohio State in 2003 for filing a false police report and misleading investigators. In 2004, he unsuccessfully sued the National Football League for the right to enter the draft less than three years removed from his graduating high school class.

Clarett was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round in 2005. He was released before playing a single down.

The Nighthawks signed four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia on Aug. 18. Clarett joins Garcia and former Green Bay Packers Ahman Green and Robert Ferguson in Omaha.

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