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Former NFL player Todd Marinovich opens up about the pressures of perfection

Former NFL player Todd Marinovich opens up about the pressures of perfection

Todd Marinovich was born and bred to be a superstar quarterback but got crushed under the weight of pressure and expectation. He sought answers in drugs but only found more problems, spending the bulk of his lifetime lying to himself and others.

As he stood before Torrey Pines High School students for a Mental Health Awareness Month talk on May 26, he promised to be honest and brutally so. Vulnerability and being real, he said, are the keys to his successful recovery now.

“I might cry like a little girl in a pink dress up here,” said Marinovich, 47. “But that’s OK.”

Torrey Pines’ Mental Health Awareness Month and Green Ribbon Week events were in planning before the...

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