Former Michigan state professional football player Tony Mandarich has admitted during an interview with Armen Keteyian on “Inside the NFL” show that he had indeed used steroids and faked a drug test before the 1988 Rose Bowl.
“I got to the point where it was a struggle to work out three or four times a week because the priority of getting high was above the priority of working out,” Mandarich said in the interview.
It is to be noted that Michigan State beat USC, 20-17, in the game which was investigated by The Detroit News in 1989 over a possible steroid use. The investigation resulted in many other players accusing Mandarich of the crime and even supplying others with the performance enhancing substances.
Tony also said that he had a severe drug and alcohol addiction before he was drafted by Green Bay Packers in the 1989 NFL season.
What’s interesting is that his auto-biography, “My Dirty Little Secrets — Steroids, Alcohol & God — The Tony Mandarich Story,” will be released in March next year.
Mandarich was the second overall pick in the 1989 season. He is also a two-time Big Ten Lineman of the Year and played as an offensive lineman. He has been consistently denying using steroids for a very long time now even after being thrown out of Green Bay due to attitude issues. Tony has also served as an NFL analyst for The Score TV sports network.
The interview will go on air Wednesday at 9 p.m.
More photos and a video of Tony Mandarich are below.