Tony Mandarich was one of the most talented players to wear green and white.
An offensive tackle for Michigan State, Mandarich was an All-American in 1988. The following year, he was the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
But Mandarich was never able to live up to the expectations that come with being a top-five pick. He was out of the league by 1993 as he struggled with addictions. He made a comeback in 1996, but he is still considered one of the biggest busts in draft history.
Nearly 30 years after he was drafted, Mandarich wants to share his story with future NFL players. In a recent ESPN article, Mandarich said he wants to serve as a cautionary tale for players entering the league.
“I’m amazed when they do the rookie symposiums. … I’m blown away they don’t bring me in to, ‘Hey look, here’s from the horse’s mouth on how not to do it,’ ” Mandarich said. “Who else do you know was a train wreck that could give the rookies a cautionary tale and say, ‘Hey look, you’re not invincible.’ “
The story goes in-depth with Mandarich, who discusses his steroid use at Michigan State, his struggle with painkillers and alcohol, and how he views his career nearly two decades after it ended.