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

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.


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