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[Esquire] The Man Who Never Was: How Star QB Todd Marinovich Lost His Way

How Todd Marinovich, engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time, lost his way.

The Man Who Never Was

The Fallbrook Midget Chiefs are fanned out across the field on a sunny autumn day in southern California, two dozen eighth graders in red helmets and bulbous pads. Whistles trill and coaches bark, mothers camp in folding chairs in the welcoming shade of the school building, younger siblings romp. Fathers hover on the periphery, wincing with every missed tackle and dropped pass.

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