Todd Marinovich was supposed to be the perfect quarterback.
Since the second he was born, his father began training him to become the greatest quarterback of all-time.
This excerpt from a Sports Illustrated article on Marinovich really tells you all you need to know about his training.
"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."
Sounds like Todd was set up to have a pretty good career, wasn't he?
Well he was, until he spoiled it. He let his whole childhood go to waste all because he couldn't stay off thee pipe.
Marinovich didn't have the willpower to stop smoking in high school, he didn't have it in college, and he certainly didn't have it in the NFL.
His career never even got off the ground because of his obsession with marijuana.
After his brief NFL career came to a close he was arrested on several drug charges.