The Packer’s Biggest Draft Mistake of My Lifetime (maybe ever) says “he was addicted to alcohol and painkillers the entire time he played for the Green Bay Packers”

That would be first round pick offensive lineman Tony Mandarich:

Mandarich says he preferred getting high to working out when he was in Green Bay.

“(I) was not the same person they drafted. . . . 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. [Link]

Why was he the worst First round pick (2nd pick overall in the NFL draft)?

1) He never worked out as a starter. He kind of sucked.

2) He was picked ahead of the best NFL running back in the last 20 years (and one of the best , maybe best, ever).

My god, can you imagine what a powerhouse for the ages the Green Bay Packers of that era would have been with both Brett Favre and Barry Sanders? Damn!
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2 Responses

  1. Yeah, but who says the Packers would have drafted Sanders if they passed on Mandarich. The Pack brain trust obviously thought Sanders was too small physically and emotionally to make it in the NFL. Besides, it was known that Detroit coveted him and everyone knows that is a sure sign of failure.

  2. Good points!

    Detroit was lucky to have him but couldn’t become great with him. Yeah,the packers may have picked bad still.

    It was much like when the great Walter Payton carried the lame Bears for many years Then, when the Bears got to the Superbowl, they let Refrigerator Perry get to run for the touchdown.

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