Maurice Clarett was a noted NFL failure, but the former Ohio State running back is chasing another dream -- playing rugby in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Clarett, 29, has been training for several months with the Columbus affiliate of Tiger Rugby, according to Paul Holmes, the director of the team.
The developmental program is responsible for helping select the team to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Clarett will participate in an international event May 25 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.
A third-round NFL draft pick, Clarett never played a game in the league and served 3 1/2 years in prison on weapons and robbery charges.
Clarett played one season at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to the 2002 BCS championship game with 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was dismissed from the program after one year after an investigation into his receipt of improper benefits.