Former NFL Offensive Lineman, Tony Mandarich Helps Others Combat Drug and Alcohol Addiction With the Release of His Book

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Tony Mandarich, former NFL offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, releases a tell-all memoir in March 2009 detailing his NFL career and drug and alcohol abuse.

On March 23, 2009, former NFL offensive lineman and 1989 first-round draft pick Tony Mandarich releases his book, "My Dirty Little Secrets: Drugs, Alcohol & God - The Tony Mandarich Story." The book is being released on the 20th anniversary of that infamous draft pick, in hopes of helping others with addiction problems.

"The main purpose of this book is to help people with addictions," explains Tony. "I wanted to show people that there are options and treatments for a better way of life, a healthier way of life. This book explains what really happened to me behind the scenes."

After a highly successful and nationally publicized collegiate career at Michigan State University, Tony was drafted number two overall in 1989 by the Green Bay Packers. The hype about being "the best offensive line prospect ever", along with Tony's addictions, was more than he could live up to, and his life came crashing down around him. After three more years of alcohol and painkiller abuse, Tony went into treatment and now considers it a privilege to be able to help other addicts and alcoholics when called upon.

This memoir, "My Dirty Little Secrets…" takes the reader inside Tony's private life and the effects that his addictions had on his family, friends and teammates. The book highlights what it took for this former NFL player to break the cycle of addiction. Though it details Tony's college and NFL career, it is written in such a way that even non-sports fans can relate. This is not a book about football; rather, it is a life-changing book about the dangerous addictions of drugs and alcohol, and about the hope in recovery.

The response to the pre-release of this book has been overwhelming; people with drug and alcohol addictions have already begun contacting Tony for advice and guidance. Capturing the attention of the recovery community, and inspiring others to seek help and recovery, is what motivated Tony Mandarich to tell his story.

About Tony Mandarich:
Tony Mandarich was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the son of Croatian immigrants. Tony left Canada and his parents to live with his brother in Kent, Ohio, during his senior year of high school. At the end of his senior year, Michigan State University offered him a full scholarship and the opportunity to play college football. In 1989, Tony was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and then later traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Following retirement from the NFL, Tony was part owner and manager of a golf course in his native Ontario. In March 2009, his autobiography, "My Dirty Little Secrets: Steroids, Alcohol, & God - The Tony Mandarich Story" will be released by Modern History Press. He and his college sweetheart, Charlavan, married in 2004; they have four children.


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