Todd Marinovich Goes Deep

The ex-NFL superstar on life, death and everything in between

He talks about old teammates, including Chester McGlockton, the intimidating defensive tackle who played 12 seasons in the NFL and in four Pro Bowls. When McGlockton came into the league with the Raiders, Marinovich invited the warm-hearted man from North Carolina to live in his Manhattan Beach home to get acclimated to the Southern California lifestyle. He fondly recalls drinking wine coolers with his friend, a bear of a man who died of a heart attack last November at the age of 42.

Less than two weeks after Marinovich reminisces about McGlockton, Junior Seau, Marinovich's Trojan teammate, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was 43. Book-ended by both tragedies, Marinovich, munching on fries, gazes out onto Balboa Boulevard and utters the most profound of ironies.

"My life makes sense," he says.

Marinovich sits next to a painting he’s reworked four times
Tim Melideo
Marinovich sits next to a painting he’s reworked four times
Marinovich: The obsessive artist 
at work
Tim Melideo
Marinovich: The obsessive artist at work

This article appeared in print as "Going Deep: Ex-NFL superstar Todd Marinovich on life, death and everything in between."

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CHS
CHS

What's the overs/unders on the number of days of Todd's sobriety?

Master Bader
Master Bader

Well written piece. Made for good reading. Hope he got all the drug use out of his system and stays clean now.

Dan Heredia
Dan Heredia

Todd is the Michale Jackson of sports. Controlled by an obsessive Father without a chance of being a kid. Hooks up with drugs to escape, parties to get the ladies (thank god) finally realizes he can be someone better. Take a good look @ your family Todd, I hope you never lose them.

Greggory Moore
Greggory Moore

I don't mean to be captious, but since Marinovich's entire NFL career was 8 games (and none of them exactly record-setting), maybe someone should rethink the subtitle here calling him a one-time "NFL superstar"? COLLEGE superstar, sure, but NFL superstar? Um....

909Jeff
909Jeff

Good Story Dulaney... I watched the ESPN show as well and it greatly changed my opinion of Marinovich!

Toddy Trojan S.
Toddy Trojan S.

Surfer. Football player (quarterback.) Drug-addled ex-professional athlete with an acute lack of sense as to where to be "in-the-pocket." Epic fail comeback. Drug-addled slow-day media source/reference. Artist.

 
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