I had no choice but to write this article before I went to the GYMM and got my “Randy the Ram” and Mandarich on.
Not many sports fan are aware of the remarkable story behind one of the top offensive line prospects of all time (proclaimed by the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1989), Tony Mandarich. Tony Mandarich was a standout offensive lineman at Michigan State; earning First-Team All-American, Outland Award finalist, and two-time Big Ten Lineman of the Year Honors. Known as the “Incredible Bulk”, Mandarich was the epitome of a physical specimen. At a weight of 315 lbs, Mandarich ran a 4.65 40 yard dash and bench pressed 225 lbs an astonishing 39 times. He even challenged Iron Mike Tyson to a fight, but missed his press conference to call out Iron Mike due to an excessive hangover (ain’t nothing wrong with that). Mandarich was one of the top prospects in the 89` draft, but life for Tony quickly fell apart. In an interview before Tony’s big pay day the world got a small taste of what Tony would bring to the NFL. Mandarich proclaimed
“your are not suppose to be 6’6 315, you are not suppose to be as strong as I am, you are not suppose to be a fast as I am, you are not suppose to be as good as I am”
“I am not like other players, I am Tony Mandarich, and they have to understand that. If they don’t like it, that is just the way I am and they are going to learn to like it”
Mandarich was drafted 2nd overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 1989 draft. Upon being drafted, Tony made it clear that he did not want anything to do with Green Bay. Mandarich called Green Bay a village (it is actually is a city with a population of more than 100,000) and continually looked displeased while at Green Bay.
However Mandarich had other issues that led to his depression that stemmed from his displeasure with Green Bay. Mandarich had excessively used steroids for the majority of his career at Michigan State. SHOCKERRR! He recalls being so roided up before the Ohio State Rose Bowl game that he punched a player in the chest, telling him he was going to die today. Tony cheated in order to pass about 5 NCAA administered drug tests where he specifically recalls cheating during his 4th year when the Spartans reached the Rose Bowl, and his 5th year before the Gator Bowl. Tony would strap a tube to his back and use bubblicious to cap it off. DAMNNNNNN. Nice Move TONNNS…
Prior to reporting to training camp in Green Bay there was a lot of speculation in the media about Mandarich and his steroid usage. Tony then decided to stop taking steroids, and got hooked to them good ole painkillers. Mandarich states that he “Spent four years in Green Bay never a sober day” and would take “50,60,70 painkillers a day”…STR8 WORKKK. During practice Mandarich would have painkillers in his jock strap and take injections during practice. Tony eventually got released from Green Bay in 1991. Tony was getting all BBBangedddd UPPPPP. The story at this point can only get better, and it definitely did. Tony said the key to his transformation was to stop drinking and using drugs. REALLLYYYY?
Tony eventually cleaned himself up and would enjoy a 3 year career with Indianapolis Colts between 1996-1998. Now TONY is a photographer who takes pictures of some pretty FRESH ass biddies. DO WORK KIIIIDD.
The Mandarich interview is below and is quite interesting. THANK YOU COME AGAIN