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Todd Marinovich is an artist

Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:05 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:33 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:07 am

Todd Marinovich is an artist

I really Russell doens't develop booted there are numerous clearly show at the same time fast...indeed will keep the main event entertianing

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:14 pm

Todd Marinovich is an artist

The guy was a drug addict.  He deserves a 2nd chance at life.  He's overcoming his demons, and is now moving on with his life.  Good for him. 

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:13 pm

Todd Marinovich is an artist

"I have always been an artist first"" is a controversial statement from someone who lived and breathed football for so many years. His child hood dream was reached with the draft and didn't follow through with that dream. Hopefully sobriety wil help his next endeavor to become a reality.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:22 am

Todd Marinovich is an artist

I hope so, too. Everyone should have it as easy, and as hard as he did. THe saying goes "walk a mile in my shoes..."

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:11 am

Todd Marinovich is an artist

I bought one of his painting.  It's an abstract piece with 2 white lines, a razor blade and a straw.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:27 am

Todd Marinovich is an artist

An overbearing, drill seargent father screwed this poor guy up at an early age.  Marinovich was the next big thing in college and became a huge bust.  His life has been tough to say the least and he has made some extremly poor decisions.  Hopefully he will now find peace and do right by his wife and child.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:13 pm

Todd Marinovich is an artist

todd you are still a BUM!!!!!!!!!!

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