Deep down, everybody's got something to hide. From the perfect housewife next door to the beloved community pastor, everyone has a few skeletons rattling around in their closet. But what if someone uncovered those skeletons? How far would you go to keep your secret from being spilled? Would you kill?
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My Dirty Little Secret - Tony Mandarich - Netflix
Ante Josip “Tony” Mandarich (born September 23, 1966) is a former football offensive tackle of the NFL. He was the first round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1989, second overall behind quarterback Troy Aikman, and ahead of the third selection, running back Barry Sanders, the fourth selection, linebacker Derrick Thomas, and the fifth selection, cornerback Deion Sanders. Mandarich is the only player of those five not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is tied with Charles Rogers and Clint Jones as the second highest drafted Michigan State player ever (behind Bubba Smith). He is also the highest-drafted Canadian-born player in NFL history. In 1989, Sports Illustrated called him “the best offensive line prospect ever”, but he is now considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
My Dirty Little Secret - Football career - Netflix
Mandarich was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the son of Yugoslavian immigrants. After his older brother John received a scholarship to play football at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, John convinced his parents to allow Tony to play his senior year of high school football at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent to improve chances of receiving a scholarship. Recruited to Michigan State University by defensive back coach Nick Saban, Mandarich played in the 1988 Rose Bowl, was named as a First-team All-American, an Outland Award finalist and a two-time Big Ten Lineman of the Year. Upon his entry into the 1989 NFL Draft, both scouts and media (most notably Sports Illustrated, which did a cover story on him, nicknaming him “The Incredible Bulk”) began trumpeting Mandarich as the best offensive line prospect ever, touting his “measurables”, “He weighed 330, ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds, did a standing long jump of 10' 3”, leaped vertically 30" and bench-pressed 225 pounds an unheard-of 39 times". He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice and was also a colorful character, illustrated by such instances as challenging then–Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson to a fight, missing scheduled public appearances due to being drunk or hungover, his well-documented love of the band Guns N' Roses (he had a dog named Axl and also a tattoo of the cross-design from the cover of Appetite for Destruction on his arm), and referring to Green Bay as “a village”. Going into the 1989 draft, Mandarich was considered the best prospect for an offensive lineman ever and a top-five pick. Mandarich was selected second overall by the Green Bay Packers. Drafted as an offensive tackle, Mandarich never lived up to the very high expectations set for him. After a lengthy holdout, which was not settled until one week before the regular season kickoff, he spent most of his first year on the special teams unit. He was also known for having attitude issues. He was quoted “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.” After three seasons of lackluster performance on a four-year contract, Mandarich was cut in 1992 by the Packers citing a non-football injury. Mandarich is often referred to as one of the top 5 bust NFL draft picks of all time, having been drafted second overall and ahead of such to-be NFL stars as Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, Deion Sanders, Steve Atwater, Eric Metcalf, and Andre Rison. The September 28, 1992, cover of Sports Illustrated featuring Mandarich labelled him “The NFL's Incredible Bust”. The question of steroid use has been discussed as a possible factor in Mandarich's spectacular failure. Mandarich did not admit his steroid use until 2008. Until then, he publicly blamed his work ethic—in a 2003 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: “I wanted to create as much hype as I could for many different reasons—exposure, negotiation leverage, you name it. And it all worked, except the performance wasn't there when it was time to play football.” However, the first Sports Illustrated cover story included allegations of steroid abuse in college, including acne of his arms and premature balding. After getting cut by the Packers, he went to Traverse City, Michigan, for two years, addicted to drugs and alcohol. His family checked him into a rehabilitation clinic on March 23, 1995, and he became sober. Mandarich returned to football for three years between 1996 and 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts. His career with the Colts was generally solid, and his play was dependable enough that he started all 16 games during the 1997 season. Mandarich retired from football in 1998 due to a shoulder injury.
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