ESPN Films: The Marinovich Project
He was called "the bionic kid." Todd Marinovich was molded by his father to be an athlete from birth, including stretching exercises in his crib and a strict diet and fitness routine. A pioneer who developed ground-breaking strength and conditioning techniques, Marv Marinovich believed his strict systems would sculpt his son into a top athlete. But along with the pursuit of perfection, came increasingly intense pressure. The most sought-after and talked-about high school athlete in the 1980s, Todd struggled at USC and then as a first-round pick of the Raiders before he found himself out of the NFL at age 23.
Directors John Dorsey and Andrew Stephan tell the unvarnished story of Todd's unique ascent to stardom, the dark descent that followed and the complicated father-son bond throughout.