Esquire magazine has a story about former Trojan great Todd Marinovich, Todd Marinovich: The Man Who Never Was. Trojan fans will remember Marinovich, or Marijuanavich, as the starting quarterback for the Men of Troy in the 1989 and 1990 seasons. He was first freshmen quarterback ever named to the All-PAC 10 team and led USC to victory in the Rose Bowl against Michigan, sending Bo Schembechler into retirement with a loss in his final game.
Marinovich was also notable for being bread to be a quarterback by his father,
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 activities 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.”
Marinovich’s life did not turn out as planned. His NFL career only lasted three years with the Raiders. And things when down from there. He was most recently arrested, in April 2009, for failing to appear in drug court.
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