AUDIO: Raiders Todd Marinovich Unfiltered

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The troubled former #Raiders QB is in recovery and spends an hour with us telling us about where he is, where he’s been and how art is helping him recover and keep on the straight and narrow.


When Raiders, USC or football fans talk about the legend of Todd Marinovich, unfortunately, it usually has a negative connotation.

Since the nation was introduced to Marinovich as a 10-year old football phenom, life hasn’t gone the way anyone thought it would for the 49-year old. After a drama-filled and shortened career as a USC Trojan, the late legendary owner of the Raiders Al Davis selected 24th overall in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Marinovich showed flashes of brilliance in his two seasons but soon the demons and addiction saw him bounced out of the league.

Since that time, Marinovich has been in and out of jail and rehab seemingly on a self-destructive path toward an early death. Yet he’s finally come to a place where he’s accepted some of the ugly things that happened to him as he was raised by his over-bearing father Marv.

“It’s certainly not how I saw things going down,” Marinovich told our own Scott Gulbransen on CBS Sports Radio 1140. “It sounds cliche but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m here now and have to keep working through it.”

Todd Marinovich had a short career with the Raiders but as Mark Davis told him: once a Raiders. always a Raider.

In an hour-long interview, Marinovich tells us how he finally reached a point of acceptance about the abuse he endured as a child under the tutelage of his father. He now has comes to grips with the trauma of his childhood and those big revelations are helping him work toward being the man and father he wants to be.

“How cool is it that I get to experience this end (parenthood) of it,” Marinovich said. “Of course I want to protect them. I’m trying to expose them to as much cool stuff as I can and am always aware of not what I say but how my actions set the example.”

Marinovich also discusses:

  • His time at USC and how being so young contributed to him abusing drugs to escape the pressure
  • How the Raiders have remained “family” to him and how a meeting with Mark Davis prompted him to go back to Oakland for Alumni Weekend.
  • Coming to grips with “the big lie” and how the realization of his childhood trauma is helping him heal.
  • How he has reached a point of forgiveness with his father Marv saying: “He didn’t try to hurt me. He was doing what he thought was best.”
  • On his art: “From my earliest school days, art was the one thing – along with sports – where time stood still.”
  • How painting is helping him continually battle his demons, addiction and pain.
  • Raiders owner Mark Davis has commissioned him to paint him a portrait of the new Las Vegas Stadium.

While some may write Marinovich off as a “bust” and a “waste of talent,” as a human being he’s finally addressing the underlying issues that have haunted him all these years.

It’s a riveting hour of radio you won’t want to miss.

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