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TODD MARINOVICH: FROM FAILED QUARTERBACK TO STARVING ARTIST

September 19, 2010

TODD MARINOVICH PAINTINGS

Former NFL first round pick and Raiders bust Todd Marinovich has started a new career. Marinovich is now an artist with paintings, drawings and sculptures available for sale on his website toddmarinovich.com.

Marinovich was a record-setting high school quarterback in Southern California. He became USC’s first starting freshman quarterback since World War II and led the Trojans to a 9-2-1 season and a Rose Bowl win over Michigan. Then came a 1988 Sports Illustrated article which helped ruin Marinovich’s life.

Entitled “Bred to be a Superstar,” the SI article opened with the line, “He has never eaten a Big Mac or an Oreo or a Ding Dong.” The article portrayed Marinovich as a freak and the creation of a Nazi-like father who followed “Eastern bloc” training methods in creating “the perfect quarterback.” The senior Marinovich literally started training Todd in the crib to be a quarterback and imposed incredibly prohibative dietary restrictions on his child (no sugar, salt, processed dairy products or red meat with hormones.)

As a result, Marinovich never had a piece of birthday cake in his life. He rebelled when he got to USC and entering his second college season began using drugs. Nicknamed “Marijuana-vich” for smoking pot in high school, Marinovich was arrested for cocaine possession right before the NFL Draft.

Never the less, idiot Raiders owner Al Davis picked Marinovich in the first round of the 1991 draft – AHEAD OF BRETT FAVRE. Despite a quick start (he once threw for 395 yards in an NFL game), Marinovich increased his drug use, played erratically and failed thre NFL drug tests. He was out of the National Football League by the age of 23 and never played in the NFL again.

Marinovich then flopped in the Canadian Football League (where he once cut his hand on a crack pipe at halftime) before starring in the Arena Football league as late as 2000. He once threw 10 touchdowns in an AFL game. Unfortunately, Marinovich was arrested buying heroin the day he received his signing bonus from the Los Angeles Avengers.

Since then, Marinovich has mostly made the news as a punk rock singer and heroin addict. Marinovich has nine drug arrests in Orange County alone.

MARINOVICH “TROJAN HEAD” SCULPTURE MADE OUT OF REDWOOD

TODD MARINOVICH: STILL GETTING HIGH AND LIVING IN HIS MOTHER’S BASEMENT

April 4, 2009

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LATEST TODD MARINOVICH MUG SHOT

Former Los Angeles Raiders wunderkind quarterback-turned-laughing-stock Todd Marinovich has been arrested again. This time he was busted coming outside of his mother’s house in California on a failure to appear charge from a previous drug arrest.

The former USC qb’s  latest brush with the law prompted the website The Big Lead to list Marinovich’s previous run-ins with law enforcement:

 

 

1991 – Arrested on cocaine possession while a student at USC.

1997 – Arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana. Served three months in jail after pleading guilty.

2000 – Arrested for sexual assault. (Ok, that one isn’t funny.)

2001 – Arrested on suspicion of heroin possession, which forced his exit from the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena League.

2005 – Arrested in a public bathroom in Newport Beach after being found with drug paraphernalia. He fled on a child’s bicycle, but was caught a few blocks away. He gave his occupation as “unemployed artist” and “anarchist” on the police report, which stated that his pupils were dilated and his behavior “erratic.”

2007 – Arrested and charged with felony drug possession and resisting a police order after being stopped for skateboarding near the Newport Beach Pier boardwalk. He ran away when officers tried to stop him and was found hiding in a carport about six blocks away. He had a guitar case, and inside officers found about a gram of powdered methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle.

That’s quite a laundry list of arrests for a former NFL quarterback and first round NFL draft pick. On the other hand, it’s pretty tame for a punk/grunge singer (now Marinovich’s supposed job) who listed his current occupation on an arrest form as “anarchist and unemployed artist.”

People assume that Marinovich was one of the biggest busts in NFL history. He made the ESPN list of 25 Biggest Sports Flops. Actually, Marinovich has been a much bigger failure as a singer, criminal and recreational drug user. He actually accomplished all of the following during his high scool, college, and NFL career:

 

* Set the all-time  national high school passing record for career yards while at Capistrano Valley High in Mission Viejo, California

* Won national award as “scholar-athlete” in 1987

* Became the first freshman starting quarterback at USC since World War II

* Won Rose Bowl at USC

* Defeated the legendary  Bo Schembechler in his last game as Michigan coach

* To this day Marinovich still holds the Raiders all-time record for most passes completed in a game

* Threw for 3 touchdowns in his first NFL start against the Chiefs

* Had a quarterback rating of 100.3 his rookie NFL season

* In 1992, with the Raiders 0-4, Marinovich took over from Jay Schroeder as the team’s starting quarterback. The Raiders won three of their next four games before losing to the Cowboys.

 

Unfortunately, Marinovich only played in one more NFL game the rest of his life, mainly because he’s A NUT. The quarterback had a bit of an unorthodox childhood to say the least. His father (former USC player Marv Marinovich) raised his son to be the “perfect” NFL quarterback from infancy. Marinovich’s father began his “quarterback training” when Todd was literally in his crib. Marinovich was probably doomed the minute a Sports Illustrated article entitled “Bred To Be A Superstar” was published detailing his Nazi-like upbringing. Here’s an excerpt from that 1988 article:

 

He has never eaten a Big Mac or an Oreo or a Ding Dong. When he went to birthday parties as a kid, he would take his own cake and ice cream to avoid sugar and refined white flour. He would eat homemade catsup, prepared with honey. He did consume beef but not the kind injected with hormones. He ate only unprocessed dairy products. He teethed on frozen kidney. When Todd was one month old, Marv was already working on his son’s physical conditioning. He stretched his hamstrings. Pushups were next. Marv invented a game in which Todd would try to lift a medicine ball onto a kitchen counter. Marv also put him on a balance beam. Both activites grew easier when Todd learned to walk. There was a football in Todd’s crib from day one. “Not a real NFL ball,” says Marv. “That would be sick; it was a stuffed ball.


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