So I'm taking a break from the political crap for a post (or two). I want to talk about a comeback of sorts. I recently discovered that the guy in the pictures above is about to release a book about his life dealing with addiction and how it affected his NFL career. I was (and still am) a HUGE fan of Tony Mandarich.
You see in 1989 I was a young man of 24 who was just starting a career in the USAF. I was a cocky hard worker who partied even harder than I worked. When this guy came on the scene, I tried to emulate him by working out, acting out and generally showing my ass like I was someone I wasn't. Needless to say that my bosses weren't real happy with my attitude, but they didn't bust my chops because I was a hard charging worker who never said no to a challenge. Heck, I envied this guy so much I even had his rookie card taped to the outside of my locker at work.
What I didn't know then, but recently discovered, is that I had more in common with Tony Mandarich than I really cared to. Most of you reading this know that I'm a recovering alcoholic and that throughout the 80's and the 90's I was out of control. Apparently this is true for Tony Mandarich also. He will be releasing a book called, "My dirty little secrets-Steroids, Alcohol and God", set to release in March of 09. The release is set to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his draft into the NFL.
You can visit Tony's website by clicking here. I'm excited about the book, because I was/am a huge Mandarich fan. Yes, he was a bust in the pro's, but I don't care. He impacted me and inspired me to be an aggressive Airman and I built my Air Force reputation on his foundation.
Plus, he appears to be clean and sober for many years now and I always love to see one of "us" doing good in life.
So that's that. This has been a pleasant break from the political crap of late. Oh, and Tony, if you read this, how about leaving me a comment.