Magazine: Clarett May Challenge NFL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State freshman tailback Maurice Clarett said in this week's ESPN The Magazine that he is contemplating challenging the NFL's rule that prevents a true freshman from entering the draft.

"Do I think about it?" Clarett said about challenging the NFL's rule. "It's got to go through your head, man. It's got to go through your head. I'm not saying it's something I will do. I'm not saying it's something I won't do."

Clarett (pictured, above) has rushed for 847 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for the No. 4 Buckeyes, who play at Wisconsin on Saturday.

Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp said Clarett would not comment this week and would not speak with the media until after Saturday's game. Head coach Jim Tressel was unaware of the report.

NFL rules prevent a true freshman, sophomore or junior from making themselves eligible for the draft.

In the Oct. 28th issue, Clarett says he knows the contract figures for first-round draft picks such as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

"You can always come back to school. I don't think there's a job in the world where you're gonna make $113 million in 12 years," Clarett said. "I don't think there's one job coming out of college paying that."

According to the article, Clarett's mother, who is the chief deputy clerk for the Municipal Court of Youngstown, is researching the process of challenging the NFL in court.

Told that an NFL personnel director doesn't believe he's ready to jump to the pros, Clarett chuckled as he said, "Do I think it's possible? After the season I could tell you if it's possible. I have some kind of feeling, but I'm not real sure right now."

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