Mandarich: I Never Had A Sober Day In Green Bay

Bring up the great home-run race of 1998 between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the overwhelming reaction these days (other than anger) is “how did we fall for it?” and “why did we ignore the signs of steroid use?” But that was far from the first time that the media bought into the hype of an athlete who was too good to be true.

Tony Mandarich

Nine years earlier, Tony Mandarich appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated (pictured above), billed as the best offensive line prospect in the history of the NFL. He was an unbelievable athletic specimen — but one that was completely fabricated as a result of a mind-boggling regimen of steroids. When he stopped the steroids, he fizzled as a player (the Packers chose him over Barry Sanders) and then turned to painkillers…and then to alcohol.

Mandarich claims that he “never had a sober day” during his four years in Green Bay. But, unlike fellow draft bust Todd Marinovich, Mandarich has turned his life around and wants to use his own experience to educate young players on the dangers of drugs.

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Keith McCants: ‘Bama Stud To Drugged-Out Dud

Keith McCants was a star linebacker at Alabama, whose dominance in the late ’80s resulted in his selection as a top 5 NFL Draft pick.

Keith McCants

Now his own life is now dominated by drug abuse and constant trouble with the law. The MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER has the sad update of the former Crimson Tide terror who’s been arrested yet again - for the third time in just over a month.

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