publication date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 (part of Round XXVIII)
clue: I'd say this troubled youngster's life off the field has captured more headlines than his career on the field, but then he never had a career on the field.
explanation: Clarett was a promising high school football phenom, considered the best player his age in the country, who unsuccessfully challenged NFL age requirements. Afterwards, he sank into an abyss of violent crime and drugs, a stark contrast with his once bright future. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Todd Brotsch, Adrianne Rodgers, Kerry Odell, Josh Paddison, Joy Dunn, and Aaron Weiss