Skip to content

Todd Marinovich returns to football, seriously

Getty Images

Todd Marinovich, the man who was groomed to play quarterback from birth by his father and who flamed out of the NFL and slid into the throes of addiction, is returning to football. At the age of 48. Seriously.

Via the Palm Springs Desert Sun, Marinovich announced Friday that he’ll play for the SoCal Coyotes of a developmental league this season.

Marinovich originally joined the team as the quarterbacks coach in 2016, weeks after his latest arrest for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. At the time of his arrest, Marinovich was found naked in someone’s backyard.

Per the report, roughly 30 media members showed up at the press conference that announced Marinovich’s return to football, a number that surely rivals the average attendance at the team’s games a year ago. While Marinovich may not have the same effect on the bottom line as Tim Tebow in St. Lucie, the former USC and L.A. Raiders signal-caller brings an intriguing story of potential redemption coming well past the age when most players are done with football.

Permalink 39 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Oakland Raiders, Rumor Mill
39 Responses to “Todd Marinovich returns to football, seriously”
  1. Liberalsruineverything says: Jul 8, 2017 2:49 PM

    That guy knows how to party. Take notes Johnny!

  2. tacowrecker says: Jul 8, 2017 3:08 PM

    Yeah its a new experimental “naked crackhead football league.” Gonna be a smash hit, especially with the ladies

  3. learysdisciples says: Jul 8, 2017 3:43 PM

    Now he’s a Redskin.

  4. glenne81 says: Jul 8, 2017 3:47 PM

    C’mon. He was streakin’

  5. f1restarter says: Jul 8, 2017 3:49 PM

    Next stop, the Minnesota Vikings.

  6. elwaysteeth says: Jul 8, 2017 3:53 PM

    This is his tryout for the Niners.

  7. fedora59 says: Jul 8, 2017 5:26 PM

    Who among us has never been naked in somebody else’s back yard?

  8. MichaelEdits says: Jul 8, 2017 5:43 PM

    My mother would have loved to watch naked football.

  9. campcouch says: Jul 8, 2017 5:48 PM

    I got his rookie card! Worthless to everyone except me.

  10. deepizzaguy says: Jul 8, 2017 5:58 PM

    Good luck to Todd getting back to playing the sport of playing football even it is a minor league team.

  11. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Jul 8, 2017 6:02 PM

    I wonder where he will be a day after his first pay check…
    I also wonder how many times he has been called Opie?

  12. RandyinRoxbury says: Jul 8, 2017 6:05 PM

    The Jeff Spicoli of football.

  13. hobbstweedle says: Jul 8, 2017 6:40 PM

    Just couldn’t resist drawing a line between Tebow and a scumbag like Marinovich, could you?

  14. uknowimright1 says: Jul 8, 2017 6:41 PM

    Keep fighting, Todd…damn good USC quarterback!

  15. boknowsvt says: Jul 8, 2017 6:58 PM

    And he’s still better than Tebow.

  16. blowfishes says: Jul 8, 2017 7:10 PM

    Was Jeff George unavailable?

  17. screwmemean says: Jul 8, 2017 7:26 PM

    Sad, sad, sad. His Dad ruined him. Here is hoping he can make some pay checks and stop sleeping on the beach.

  18. 1captain1 says: Jul 8, 2017 7:57 PM

    Goody too shoes.

  19. Matt from San Diego says: Jul 8, 2017 8:14 PM

    Good luck Todd!

    (except when you play against us 😉 )

  20. cosmicconvoy says: Jul 8, 2017 8:50 PM

    Playing at 48? I want whatever he’s smokin’.

  21. ksctychiefs says: Jul 8, 2017 8:57 PM

    life isn’t easy…. here’s to hope he makes the best of it, and in some way moves forward in a positive way!!…

  22. govs127 says: Jul 8, 2017 9:21 PM

    Not sure how any of this leads to a return to football. I would think you would have to actually have been in football to “return” to it. Why do guys think that now they are clean they can play again. Anyway, it’s July and what else is there to talk about?

  23. bw778083 says: Jul 8, 2017 10:05 PM

    Let the Schadenfreude begin. This guy might have had a normal life, but I believe his father’s obsession ruined him. We here on the interwebs can laugh and make jokes about him, but look at the picture of him they put up on this post.
    Does he not look like a trainwreck? I feel pity for him. Who among us can live up to nearly impossible expectations?

  24. xlivsaints says: Jul 8, 2017 10:09 PM

    WHO DAT?! ⚜️

  25. thingamajig says: Jul 8, 2017 10:22 PM

    Kinda looks like he could be Al Davis Jr by the photo.

  26. gredw6733 says: Jul 8, 2017 10:54 PM

    30 media members showed up at the press conference…….really??

  27. SidFarkus says: Jul 8, 2017 10:58 PM

    One of many Al Davis’ screw ups, RIP Al, glad you’re not running the team anymore

  28. tooz56 says: Jul 8, 2017 11:06 PM

    Its pretty much a semi pro team. semiprofootball.org I know a 54 yr old guy who still plays in NJ. I think the oldest guy to ever play semi pro was 69 yrs old. I hope Todd does good. Seems he has the love for the game back, and still has the talent Just hope his O-line is good, cause at 48, them hits hurt for DAYS !

  29. autumnwind999 says: Jul 8, 2017 11:29 PM

    Would be an upgrade for the Jets.

  30. Marc in Bakersfield says: Jul 9, 2017 12:13 AM

    I would take him in the 4th quarter of the super bowl over Matt Ryan.

  31. braddavery says: Jul 9, 2017 2:11 AM

    Maybe he can make the Browns, unless they are interested in Jeff George.

  32. pathman56 says: Jul 9, 2017 5:45 AM

    Prayers for you Todd! I hope you can make a go of this and more important find peace for yourself!

  33. eddiea25 says: Jul 9, 2017 5:55 AM

    I saw a red flag years ago when his father wouldn’t take him to McDonalds.

  34. gronksmash says: Jul 9, 2017 6:57 AM

    Would start for the Jets right now

  35. dbatrox21 says: Jul 9, 2017 7:52 AM

    Jerruh the Healer is lookin’ for a QB…

  36. popcherrycoke says: Jul 9, 2017 11:10 AM

    He’s being blackballed by the NFL.

    UNFAIR!

  37. r8dernation says: Jul 9, 2017 11:50 AM

    This guy had the skills to be the GOAT. Don’t mess with drugs kids.

  38. xpensivewinos says: Jul 9, 2017 11:50 AM

    His father is wringing his hands, trying to figure out how to ruin this one too….

  39. slick50kc says: Jul 9, 2017 11:59 AM

    Forever a raider.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!