Remember Todd Marinovich? Of course you do.
The Raiders’ 1991 first-round draft pick never panned out as a pro quarterback, thanks to major substance abuse problems. After multiple failed drug tests, he was out of the league by 1993. He attempted a few comebacks over the next six years, but continued, wide-scoping drug use and frequent injuries ruined his chances.
Drug problems hounded him long after he gave up on football. In August 2007 he was arrested for possession. He was jailed in April 2009 for failing to appear in court for a progress review on his rehab related to that ’07 arrest. Through all this, Marinovich worked odd jobs and, during a stretch of sobriety in 2008, was even a lecturer at a substance abuse rehab center.
These days, Marinovich is…an artist. ESPN’s Wendell Maxey did a feature on his new online art gallery.
"I believe everyone has a creative ability," said Marinovich, who lives in Newport Beach. "That's something I am very grateful for."
He says things are turning around.
“My life has really done a 180 degree turn even from a year ago -- marriage, a son, painting as a career,” he said. “I really enjoy it and am trying to make a living at it. That's not easy. I just have to plug away and keep doing what I am doing and hopefully I will catch a break."
Attention from major media outlets may be that break.
Interestingly, Marinovich highlights his NFL career in his bio on his website, but makes no mention of his personal struggles (which are often a selling point for an artist).
His bio reads:
Todd was a highly publicized quarterback who came from a football family in Southern California. He went on to lead the USC Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory in 1990. Following his Sophomore season he entered the NFL draft. In 1991 Todd was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the first round. Fulfilling his childhood dream to quarterback the Raiders and play with NFL greats Marcus Allen, Howie Long and Tim Brown, he said "the experience was absolutely priceless!" Todd now teaches young quarterbacks in Orange County California. "I have always been an artist first," he says. Painting, drawing, and sculpting are a few of his avenues of expression. "I draw from my life experience and try to create art with 'feel'. It's not perfect and often times not pretty. My intention is to evoke emotion." He lives in Newport Beach with his wife Alexandria and their son Baron.
Todd Marinovich is now creating and selling Contemporary Art. Available for commissioned works of original art; Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings and Sketches.
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