Maurice Clarett wants to play Rugby in 2016 Olympics

Getty Images

Maurice Clarett's football career is long over, but the Ohio State and NFL burnout wants to try his hand at rugby with eyes at representing the United States in 2016 at the Olympics.

For better or worse, Maurice Clarett always wanted to do things a little bit outside the box, and now, the troubled former Ohio State running back is trying his hand at a different sport: he wants to play rugby in the 2016 Olympics, where a seven-man variant of the sport will make its Olympic debut.

Clarett's goal isn't exactly a likely one: as the article by RugbyMag.com points out, Clarett has literally no rugby experience. He's joining up with the Tiger Rugby Olympic Development Club, conveniently located in Columbus, the same place he went to college, in hopes he can learn the sport over the next three ears. He's hoping his

When he was in playing shape, Clarett was a monster: 5'11, 220 pounds, and fast, something that will translate to any sport where there's a lot of running and hitting. Clarett is a long, long way removed from his competitive football days. After storming out as a freshman to a 1,000 yard season and a win in the national championship game, he was, in short order, dismissed from the team, prevented from joining the NFL before he was three years out of high school, cut by the Denver Broncos when he finally made it to the NFL, and was arrested several times. However, he did play in the UFL, a minor league, in 2010.

Although rugby has amassed a certain amount of popularity in the US, generally as a club sport, there isn't a major professional league, so Clarett's elite athleticism could help him gain a spot even if he isn't a lifelong rugby player. We'll make no promises about America's chances against countries where the sport is much more popular.

Rugby is, of course, quite different from American football, although there are many similarities - moving an oblong ball down a field with the intention of reaching an end zone before being tackled. Big differences include the fact that the ball can't be passed forward, only kicked, and the fact that players aren't substituted out for offense and defense - although judging from his famous play in the National Championship game, that's not an issue for Clarett. Here's to seeing him figure it out, and hopefully be a part of a US team in Rio de Janeiro.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Land-Grant Holy Land

You must be a member of Land-Grant Holy Land to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Land-Grant Holy Land. You should read them.

Join Land-Grant Holy Land

You must be a member of Land-Grant Holy Land to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Land-Grant Holy Land. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker