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Elliott Almond ...
Stan Brock ...
Mark Christensen ...
Al Davis ...
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Mike Doherty ...
Dan Doyle ...
Dick Enright ...
Chris Fowler ...
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Mike Garrett ...
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Garo Ghazarian ...
Traci Grove ...
Pat Harlow ...
Lamont Hollinquest ...
Keith Jackson ...
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From birth, Todd Marinovich was raised with a defined purpose of creating the perfect athlete. Trained by his father, Marv, a former pro football player and a strength and conditioning guru, the young Marinovich was meticulously engineered and nurtured into a star quarterback. When it came to performance, Marv expected perfection and Todd delivered. He was dubbed "Robo QB," and his performance initially lived up to the name as he set passing records in high school, vied for the Heisman while at USC and ultimately was selected in the first round of the 1991 NFL draft by his hometown Los Angeles Raiders. But two years later, he was out of the NFL, a full-blown drug addict in search of a life beyond football. "The Marinovich Project" tells the unvarnished story of Todd's unique ascent to stardom, the dark descent that followed and the complicated father-son bond throughout, ultimately answering the question "What went wrong with Todd Marinovich?" Written by Anonymous

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This film brings up important stuff....stuff that will probably be mostly ignored!
19 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Hard, Fast and Beautiful" ESPN has made a lot excellent sports documentaries in recent years. And, not surprisingly, several have been about very hot high school and college prospects who have fallen flat on their faces when it comes time to go pro--such as Len Bias, Chris Herren, Marcus Dupree and now with "The Marinovich Project", Todd Marinovich. So, the subject matter of this film is very familiar. What's a bit different is how he grew up--with a father was was an ex-football star and a trainer for the Raiders. Starting as a very young boy, Todd was placed on a special diet and exercise program and lasted through most of his childhood. Now Marinovich MUST have had some natural gifts as well--but regardless, he was an amazing quarterback--leading major high school and college teams as a Freshman! But, in spite of these gifts, Todd was unable emotionally to handle it--throwing it away on drugs and a lack of discipline--which is ironic, as his childhood was ALL discipline.

The film gives you a lot to question. Did his father push him too hard? Was the guy simply a screw up? Was he gifted but folks needed to allow him to emotionally mature before giving him the chance to star? I think the most interesting thing I heard in this documentary was when Todd's brother said "If people want to say it's my father's fault, I could see that---but no one told Todd to take drugs". I couldn't have said it any better. And I also really appreciated the latter part of the film as well as the epilogue by the filmmakers--making it clear that it's NOT as simple as blaming dad. If the film had, I would have enjoyed it FAR less.

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